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The Wreck of the Mary Deare - Authentic Region 1 DVD from Warner Brothers starring Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston (1959)

Gary Cooper , Charlton Heston , Michael Anderson  |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gary Cooper, Charlton Heston, Michael Redgrave, Richard Harris
  • Directors: Michael Anderson
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Studio: Warner Brothers
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KE5V5K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good old-fashion nautical adventure-cum-mystery March 4, 2007
The Wreck of the Mary Deare occupies an obscure place in film trivia - it was while supposedly struggling over an adaptation of this Hammond Innes yarn that Alfred Hitchcock and Ernest Lehmann got so bored that they cooked up a spy story with cropdusters and Mount Rushmore instead. In the end the task fell to director Michael Anderson and writer Eric Ambler, and a pretty good job they did of it too. Gary Cooper's awkwardness is put to good use as the skipper of the abandoned cargo ship with too many secrets and a dead body under the coal stack in the boiler room while Charlton Heston's unyielding mixture of moody self-righteousness and callous selfishness as the salvage man who becomes his unlikely ally creates a few sparks. The solution to the mystery isn't that big a surprise, but it's a well-crafted affair, especially if you like storm sequences and good old-fashioned CinemaScope.

Although not as good as the MGM/UA laserdisc release, this boasts a good 2.35:1 widescreen transfer, though the absence of extras is annoying - especially since the interesting trailer, with specially filmed sequences with the leading players, can be found on Warners' Sergeant York disc.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
The freighter 'Mary Deare' is set afire and abandoned by its crew during a storm on the English Channel... Gary Cooper is the only man aboard, until he is joined by Charlton Heston, whose vessel has been rammed through one night by the freighter...

Heston is in the ship salvaging business and runs a tug called the Sea Witch... He believes that mysterious events occur on this boat... Cooper is deliberately trying to wreck the ship...

At a London Court of Inquiry, Cooper is faced by many accusers and the mystery of the 'Mary Deare' becomes a major news item...

At first, Cooper does little to aid himself, giving only evasive testimony... Finally, he and Heston swim beneath the wreckage on the reefs in search of evidence...

'Wreck of the Mary Deare' is really Cooper's film... His performance is strong but is possessed of a fanatic determination that carries through and works... Heston's role, that of the devil's advocate, is well played, although there is little to work with in terms of character... As opposed to Cooper who is out to redeem his name, lost by the suspicious murder of the ship's original captain, Heston's John Sands is a marvelous counterpart... All he is interested in is getting the salvage rights to shipping wrecks... He becomes involved in Cooper's situation but is emotionally impartial, being circumstantially tied to the situation, until he finally realizes that the man may be right justice, somehow, at this point overtakes Heston's preoccupation with making money and he becomes a more rounded character...

I liked the scene when an evasive Cooper asks Heston not to tell the investigators that the ship is grounded...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adventure August 29, 2007
By Crow
Extras: Scene Index (not full motion)

Nice sea noir film with strong performances by Cooper and Heston. Captain Patch on the stand during the inquiry hearing is somewhat reminiscent of Captain Queeg in the Caine Mutiny... we don't know what to think about his motives or testimony. Is he insane, a liar, misunderstood? The difference, of course, is that we are still unsure about Queeg at the end of Caine, but we know who Patch is by the end of Deare.

It's an action movie... not necessarily high art, but entertaining and well done.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Man of mistery March 17, 2009
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This is really an excellent movie, one of the last great characters played by Gary Cooper, opposite to Charlton Heston.It is amazing to notice how Gary Cooper, towards the end of his movie career was rather involved in very dark and unsympathetic roles like Patch, or Dr Frail in " The hanging tree ", not to mention his final film " The naked edge " but as he was a great actor, of course, he could play anything. As we don't see this picture very often in France on television, I was delighed to get it on DVD from Amazon. No way to get it elsewhere, even in Paris !Thanks again to Amaozon.com for their excellent services.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mary Deare January 4, 2011
By Framac
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Old and dated movie but still like it. Interesting to see the stars of the 50's and 60's and compare to later films. Thought that the movie strayed too far from the book and therefore lost some vital character inter action along the way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The book is better but the film is good too December 2, 2010
By Betsy
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We like the book better but watching Cooper and Heston is almost always an
interesting experience. The ship is also a character. It moans and groans in all the right times. The villain is not seen until near the end but could of been
portrayed in a more believable manner. The film did prompt us to reread the
book. That was a plus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! February 24, 2014
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This is a great movie to have! A great cast, wonderful story, a beautiful DVD transfer. All and all a great buy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars classic movie April 16, 2013
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I good classic movie, some might find slow but I have always liked this movie with two strong characters as lead role
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT OLDIE MOVIE
GREAT OLDIE, WITH A VERY YOUNG CHARLTON HESTON.
Published 5 days ago by Captain PKD
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Seafaring Adventure movie
This movie was released in 1959. So don't expect Blu-ray quality. But for picture and sound it's great as a regular DVD. Way better than VHS. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Thomas M. Kensil
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent and delivered on time
Published 9 days ago by Sherman Clemens
5.0 out of 5 stars if you like Gary Cooper you are going to love this film
Classic, if you like Gary Cooper you are going to love this film!
Published 19 days ago by Greg
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't know anybody who did'nt like Gary Cooper .............. good...
Charlton Heston , was also very good in this movie and I am glad to add it to my collection of movies ..................
Published 2 months ago by William Bramble
5.0 out of 5 stars THE WRECK OF THE DEARE
HOLLYWOODS TWO TOP STARS ARE IN THIS MOVIE CHARLTON HESTON AND GARY COOPER IT IS ONE FIND MOVIE GOOD ACTING GOOD STORY EXCELLENT MOVIE.
Published 3 months ago by vernon egolf
5.0 out of 5 stars A guilty pleasure of mine.
I know this movie is no classic and I don't know that it was ever intended to be. I believe it was made to be a two hour suspense/mystery film. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Film Score fan
4.0 out of 5 stars A good disc of a good suspense movie
I had only seen part of this movie, circa 1970 on TV. I always wanted to see the whole thing. I bought this DVD and I was glad I did.
Published 6 months ago by Pete Roche
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story
I thought this a pretty good adventure story when I first saw it, enough to want to buy my own copy. The film's opening storm scenes come over quite well
Published 8 months ago by Neddup98
4.0 out of 5 stars Dated, but a good film.
The storyline was, and still is, very good. The style of acting had a very "1950s" feeling to it, a little distracting, but the story was solid. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dennis Collins
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