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Richard Brooks, one of America’s most influential and successful directors, teamed with Peter O'Toole, James Mason and Jack Hawkins for this ambitious adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s high-seas adventure, LORD JIM. The story of an idealistic Merchant Marine officer who disgraces himself when he abandons his ship, Conrad’s classic tale of cowardice and redemption was a stark departure for Brooks. Better known for the contemporary realism of such seminal hits as Blackboard Jungle, Elmer Gantry and In Cold Blood, Brooks was eager to tackle LORD JIM's epic themes. The casting of Peter O'Toole, a top box-office star, paved the way for the high-budget production to begin. Aided by an outstanding supporting cast, which includes Curt Jurgens and Eli Wallach, Brooks and his stars faithfully captured all the action, drama and depth of Conrad’s unforgettable adventure.
Three years after Lawrence of Arabia, the largely impressive Lord Jim (1965) finds Peter O'Toole again essaying a self-doubting but remarkable, white Englishman who leads a foreign people against their oppressor. Based on the Joseph Conrad novel, Lord Jim is the story of a British maritime officer, Jim (O'Toole), who takes a brief post on a tramp steamer and flees in terror during a storm at sea. Dogged by a reputation for cowardice, Jim attempts to reinvent himself in his own eyes, commanding an attack against a feudal warlord (Eli Wallach) in a distant, Southeast Asian village and basking in god-like glory afterward. A sinister plot by a gentleman pirate (James Mason) sets the stage for Jim's confrontation with his true destiny. Simplified and adapted by writer-director Richard Brooks (In Cold Blood), Lord Jim sometimes feels rushed and obvious, but O'Toole's golden performance and legendary cinematographer Freddie Young's 70mm footage are outstanding. --Tom Keogh
IT IS THE BEST MOVIE.....SIR PETER O'TOOLE EVER DID....ONLY ECLIPSED BY LAURENCE OF ARABIA...Published 1 month ago by Tim
A very well made movie of a really great book: enjoyed it even more all these years later. I ordered it because I can remember it even now. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Teresa Horn
This movie is a classic. It is unlike any other movie that I have ever seen and as such stands apart from other movies. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mac
AVOID The all region blu ray..... it DOES play in USA blu ray players but looks worse than the DVD that is available, I believe it's a boot but regardless NOT worth the money. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richardson
Lousy movie compared to the book of the same name. It is as if they re-wrote the book for the movie.Published 4 months ago by R Cox
Great movie that hearkens to Apocalypse now. Coppola reportedly studied Jim to make AN. O'Toole is fantastic. Well worth owning and re-watching, especially the final hour.Published 4 months ago by Paul R. Thornton
Excellent film. Excellent cast.
Great direction. It is based in a book
of the great Jack London. Everbody
must see this movie.