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Captains Courageous (2006)

Freddie Bartholomew , Spencer Tracy , Victor Fleming  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Freddie Bartholomew, Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore, Melvyn Douglas, Mickey Rooney
  • Directors: Victor Fleming
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BYA4II
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #28,147 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Captains Courageous" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Vintage short: The Little Maestro
  • Classic cartoon: Little Buck Cheeser
  • Leo Is on the Air radio promo
  • Two theatrical trailers

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The fishing schooner We're Here has just pulled up a different kind of fish: rich, 10-year-old Harvey Cheyne, who tumbled off the side of a sleek ocean liner. Harvey will have to wait months before the We're Here returns to harbor, months that will transform him from a spoiled whiner into an honorable young man - all because of the life lessons he learns from Manuel, the humble fisherman who befriends him. From Rudyard Kipling's classic, Captains Courageous thrills with its seagoing action, grand scale and all-star cast. But what gives it full-masted magnificence is the chemistry between Freddie Bartholomew (Harvey) and Spencer Tracy (Manuel). Tracy won his first Best Actor Academy Award?* for his towering portrait of the father we all wish for: virile, patient, wise and protective. Set sail for cinema glory.

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173 of 182 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why don't "THEY" make movies like this one any longer? December 30, 2000
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"Captain's Courageous" is IT...the real thing....a truly great, heartfelt, classic film....arguably THE most emotionally compelling film of Hollywod's Golden Age.

Victor Fleming was known as a "MAN"S" director; so how did he produce one of the most perfectly paced, sensitive and outright BEAUTIFULLY loving "relationship" films of all time.....a story of a profound bond between a boy and a man who becomes his surrogate father? It's simply amazing.

OK...you have to overcome your initial reaction to Spencer Tracy's pseudo-"Portegoosie" (as John Carradine says) accent; after that...sit back and prepare to lose yourself in moviemaking at its finest.

Freddie Bartholomew....incredible performance! The growing bond between him and Spence....superbly wrought! The heaviness, the heartbreak of the film's final 15 minutes.....I experience it as if it were actually happening to me every time I watch it! This is one of those films that I am happy to know simply EXISTS...it's sitting there on the shelf, ready to be experienced any time, and that gives me great satisfaction.

The scene of conflict with Tracy and John Carradine....then the uncomfortable but caring bond that develops bewteen Carradine and Freddie Bartholomew near the end.....the reuniting of Freddie with Melvin Douglas....has there ever been a more revealing encounter? The final ceremony scene.....I've never been particularly moved by the hymn "Rock of Ages"; now the emotions well up when I even THINK about it.

Why Don't THEY make movies like this any longer????....BECAUSE THEY CAN'T! The world has changed..our values, our ways of viewing and expressing ourselves have become too "sophisticated" and cynical.
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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord, what a film! December 14, 2000
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I don't profess to be an experienced movie critic, but this is one of the best movies I've ever seen. A wonderful story of a spoiled rich kid who gets taught some values by a lowly Portugese fisherman. I actually thought, after reading other reviews, that this might push the hammy side of things a bit, but I was wrong. The bond that develops between the two characters - slowly at first, and then stronger as the boy Harvey learns gets attached to Manuel and starts developing into a real person - is one of the greatest 'love' stories to ever hit the silver screen. Spencer Tracy won an Oscar for his performance, and Freddie Bartholomew's performance will move you to tears.
I still am impressed by the timeless screenplay (based on the Rudyard Kipling novel), the convincing special effects (remember this movie was released in 1937). The racing scenes and the storm scenes are still completely convincing.
Why this movie has not been restored and out on DVD one will never know. On one viewing it has become one of my all time favorites. It is a real gem.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Urge You To See This Film! December 2, 2001
By djonn
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This is a marvelous movie about a spoiled, insecure child who brags, manipulates, and uses his wealth & positon to feel strong & good about himself (sound like anyone you know?). After being suspended from school for his antics he is dragged to Europe to accompany his father on a business trip. En route, he accidentenly falls overboard from the oceanliner (that's how they travelled in those days - - airplane travel was new, rare and horribly expensive) and is rescued by a fisherman. He learns his lesson, matures and acquires integrity through his association with the crew of fisherman & in particular Spencer Tracy's character.

This fine cast consists of legends who give wonderful performances: John Carradine, Lionel Barrymore, Mickey Rooney, Melvyn Douglas and of course, Spencer Tracy.

The film also gives you a rare glimpse into a way of life past. Today we have huge fishing ships that net miles of fish and have the canneneries right on board. Without it being intentional, the movie shows one what life was like when people still cared about the work they did and had pride in the honest work they had accomplished. And how many of us still entertain ourselves and family by singing together and/or playing a musical instrument rather than turning to solitary pursuits with electronic machinery? I am not waxing nostalgic for the days before the advent of universal elecricity! However, the movie is a snapshot in time of a not so distant past that inspires much food for thought.

You may show this movie to your children without fear;not only is there nothing unseemly in it, it has a valuable lesson to teach us all. And it is of much better quality than any of the so-called "family films" that have been produced in the last two decades.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Seafaring Movie Ever December 3, 1999
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I for one believe this is the best movie about men who go down to the sea in ships ever made.
Spencer Tracy is magnificent as the Portugese cod fisherman, Manuel, and deserved his Oscar for this powerful and heartwarming (and heartbreaking) role. He more or less repeated the performance, accent and all, many years later in The Old Man and the Sea, a less successful film.
The sailing and fishing scenes are true to life. You can almost smell the salt air and feel the swells on the old Grand Bank fishing ground. Excellent supporting performances by John Carradine, Lionel Barrymore and Mickey Rooney. Freddie Bartholomew is perfectly type cast as a spoiled rich kid, but Melvyn Douglas wasted in a minor part as his spoiled rich dad.
A great film for the family!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
This is my all time favorite movie... at least in the top 3! I don't know why I always want to change the climax, even though I know what will happen. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon's Ralph Nader
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to Give this DVD a Thumbs Up!
Fantastic video, which was expected!
Published 16 days ago by Lisa G. Averill
5.0 out of 5 stars DRAMATIC, RIVETING ACTION
This is truly one of the finest films in cinematic history. From child actor to seasoned professional - the most convincing acting I've seen! Read more
Published 17 days ago by Chris Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great coming of age story...sooooo sad.
Published 19 days ago by william mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great old show.
Great old show; highly recommended. Follows the book rather well. This is one of my family's favorites.
Published 29 days ago by smallweeds
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch movie
This is one of my personal favorites. With Spencer Tracy, Lionel Barrymore and Mickey Rooney, you would expect it to be excellent, and it is. Top-notch story and acting. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve in Memphis
5.0 out of 5 stars Spencer Tracey is the bomb!!!
Both Freddie Batholomew and Spencer Tracey's performances are wonderful and timeless. There is nothing dated about this film; a real classic.
Published 1 month ago by Deborah L Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Why are old movies so much better?
Seriously! Even with some of the older effects movies like this have much more depth and character to them then most of what comes out of Hollywood these days. Read more
Published 1 month ago by gum
5.0 out of 5 stars good lesson
An uplifting story everyone needs to learn in life. The sooner the better for all concerned. Wish today's crop of self absorbed children (not age specific) could see this & take... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. B. Scarborough
5.0 out of 5 stars We Thoroughly Enjoyed Captains Courageous
I purchased this to watch after my seventh grade students read the book True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Marsha Corbitt
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