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The Caine Mutiny

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Classic non-combat WWII drama has complex themes.

Movie NR 1954 125 minutes
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This is an excellent drama for adults as well as for tweens and teens who can appreciate some complexity along with their wartime history. Part war film, part psychological thriller, and part courtroom drama, this movie adapted from a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Herman Wouk focuses on important concepts, significant in any era: the nature of courage, the horrific effects of wartime on an individual's mental well-being, and the importance of doing the right thing, regardless of consequences. Though it's sometimes old-fashioned (particularly in an unnecessary romantic sub-plot) and clumsily directed, nuanced characters (played by some very appealing and popular actors of the 1950s) and an earnest effort to explore all the sides of the issues at hand make this film as relevant as it was when it was made.

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