The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (1988)

“Forget it! I don’t take on a case just to lose it!” – Lt. Barney Greenwald

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After an attempt at mutiny during a battle, the crew of the Caine must deliver testimony to the military court about all that transpired.

My Take on it – Amazing teleplay that is so engrossing and gripping the whole way through.

The dialogue is captivating and leaves the viewer with so much more information about everything that transpires here.

The interactions between the characters (especially during the trail itself) are done in a very effective way that it keeps the viewer on the edge of their seat throughout because of how things are presented.

Having seen the film The Caine Mutiny (1954) enhances the story because this entire story takes place in the courtroom and doesn’t give us the visual aspects of that movie.

The cast of this film is superb with Eric Bogosian ,Jeff Daniels, Brad Davis and Peter Gallagher allowing the story to stay so poignant and powerful based on their performances.

This teleplay was directed by Robert Altman and he presents things in such a tension building way that is extremely effective throughout.


MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Keith Carradine was offered the role of Queeg, and it would have reunited him with director Robert Altman for the first time since Nashville (1975). Carradine turned it down due to a conflict with another movie starting Glenn Close. Carradine later regretted it, and Altman never reached out to him again for another role. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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