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Lord Jim (1965)

Peter O'Toole , James Mason , Richard Brooks  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter O'Toole, James Mason, Curd Jürgens, Eli Wallach, Jack Hawkins
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Writers: Richard Brooks, Joseph Conrad
  • Producers: Peter O'Toole, Richard Brooks, Jules Buck
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 3.0), French (Dolby Digital 3.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Japanese
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.20:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 154 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002GTWQA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,822 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lord Jim" on IMDb

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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

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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence of the South Seas August 24, 2004
Format:DVD
Well, Peter O'Toole was never going to find another character or film as magnificent as Lawrence of Arabia. And his first films after that triumph were commendable attempts to avoid typecasting - What's New Pussycat and Becket. But it was inevitable he would again become a tormented blonde Englishman in an alien environment. And he could have done a lot worse than starring as Lord Jim for Richard Brooks.

Any discussion of this film has to concentrate on O'Toole and Brooks. That is not to say there are no other impressive performances, or that the film is not beautifully photographed or graced with a lushly evocative score. But the film is Brooks' vision and O'Toole is the one who must bring it to life. They are both reasonably successful.

Brooks obviously wanted to create an intelligent epic -one to rival the Robert Bolt/David Lean collaborations. But Brooks was both writer and director - and he was adapting a book that was as pyschological as potentially visual. Luckily for him, audiences in the 1960's were more sophisticated (dare we say intelligent?) and willing to think about what they were watching than today's consumers of assembly-line disposable entertainment. So characters could discuss and debate as well as blow things up. Although the disjointed nature of some of the film suggests pre-release studio interference. In the end, the film is a commendable attempt - perhaps more worthy than enjoyable, but still with lots to hold the viewer's interest.

The southeast Asian locations are frequently spectacular and some sequences - the storm at sea and the final battle with pirates - are excitedly staged. The film always looks and sounds beautiful.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Adventure, Warfare on Two Fronts June 15, 1999
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"Lord Jim" is handicapped by the fact that people will always compare it to David Lean's "Lawrence of Arabia," which had the same leading man and a similar theme. Despite its Conradian source, "Lord Jim" doesn't have a hero as complex or a setting as compelling as Lean's masterpiece. But it is spectacular entertainment, and a serious inquiry into the roots of human actions.
Despite some B-Movie flourishes (Eli Wallach and Jim's "love interest" are particularly risable), the vulnerability and humanity of its hero captivate the viewer. And the Indonesian setting, while culturally very inaccurate, does evoke the mystery and exotica of 19th century travelogues. At its conclusion, the script tends to talk to death certain conclusions that the viewer could have reached on his/her own, but O'Toole is gifted enough to make it affecting. And anyway, the action sequences, and musky South China Sea atmosphere, are breathtaking.
For those who complain that it is overlong, I suggest you view it as a trilogy, as it is divided quite neatly into three sections, each with its own conflict, cast, and rising momentum. The first is the best, but all have their own brand of power and fascination. I've seen this film many, many times, and even the clumsy or silly parts give me enormous pleasure. I think you'll feel the same way.
In conclusion, I don't share the general bitterness that Amazon endorses a reviewer like Leonard Maltin. He has simply seen more movies than anyone else (it's his whole "life," after all), hence is more likely to have seen whatever film Amazon needs reviewed. It's obviously a decision based on convenience, not ability.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Always he wants to be what he is not." April 1, 2005
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I had read where another reviewer stated an apt title for this film might have been `Lawrence of Malaya' as both films feature Peter O'Toole as a man who finds himself in a foreign land, fighting against an oppressive power structure, eventually earning the respect of the native peoples, but ultimately suffering from the undeniable fact that he is a stranger, and will always be regarded as such despite whatever honor and reverence imparted upon him by those whom he helped. Based on a novel by Joseph Conrad and written and directed by Richard Brooks (Blackboard Jungle), Lord Jim (1965) stars Peter O'Toole as the title character (although the `Lord' part isn't assigned to him until much later in the film). Also appearing is James Mason (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), Eli Wallach (The Magnificent Seven), Curt Jürgens (The Longest Day), Jack Hawkins (The Bridge on the River Kwai), Paul Lukas (The Lady Vanishes), Daliah Lavi (The Silencers), and Tatsuo Saito (Three Stripes in the Sun).

As the story begins we witness a young British sailor named Jim graduating from sailor's school (or whatever they call it) and taking a commission on a ship commanded by Captain Marlow (Hawkins). Jim seems a perfectly capable and able seaman, but he's also a bit of a daydreamer as thoughts of gallantry and heroic deeds swirl in his head. After an injury leaves Jim in a foreign port, he signs on aboard the S.S. Patna, a rusty, decrepit tramp steamer carrying a mess of Muslims on a pilgrimage. Trouble occurs at sea and the ship appears in danger of sinking, which drives the cowardly crew (Jim finds himself terror-stricken, reluctantly joining the rest of the crew) to abandon ship prematurely in one of the two meager lifeboats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lord Jim
Peter O'Toole was a man for the ages. One of the best actors of his time or any other, and Lord Jim was one of his finest achievements. I love this movie and it's message. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gwen
5.0 out of 5 stars another classic tale of high adventure,
this movie is one to own if your into this type of drama, j.conrad is one of the most finest writers of the 20th century, this is a tale of one of his done right, of course the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by MESS DADDY
3.0 out of 5 stars Not good enough
This film was a major studio release, in 1965, with 70mm 6-track stereo, a big budget and A-list cast and crew. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul Burt
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed with the dvd transfer although I love the movie!!!
First of all the dvd was not well packaged and cushioned so it arrived with a broken case. I was expecting the DVD quality to be much superior since it was region 2 with higher... Read more
Published 5 months ago by shahid a. khan
5.0 out of 5 stars Peter O'Toole at his best!
This is a well-done story and highlights Peter O'Toole's leading-man qualities as an actor! This should be required viewing for drama students.
Published 7 months ago by Nancy E. Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord Jim
I had not seen this movie in along time and was so glad to see it offered for sale on DVD. This is a good one Peter O'toole is great as usual.
Published 8 months ago by Darrell R. Foster
5.0 out of 5 stars Who among us has not begged God for a second chance....
This film plays like a sort of intoxicating dream through much of it. Mundane events to an idealistic young man at the start are transformed into a surreality of temples,... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kahina
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence of Cambodia
"Lord Jim" is surprisingly good. It's a hybrid work. It has aspirations to be an epic in the vein of Lawrence Of Arabia. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amaranth
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the ultimate adventures of an Honorable Man.
The story is amazing. All that Jim had gone threw to be the man he wanted to be was thrown away by one bad mistake that others forced upon him to make. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Joseph J Bode Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Lord Jim DVD Review
Lord Jim is an epic film based on Joseph Conrad's novel. Peter O'Toole is great as always with excellent supporting actors. Bronislau Kaper's score is excellent. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Manny Agah
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