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The Extraordinary Seaman (1969)

Lt. Commander Finchhaven, a ghostly relic from the First World War, he had fallen down dead drunk on his first assignment and been consigned from the great beyond to sail the seas until a ... See full summary »

Director:

John Frankenheimer

Writers:

Phillip Rock (screenplay), Hal Dresner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Niven ... Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN
Faye Dunaway ... Jennifer Winslow
Alan Alda ... Lt. (J.G.) Morton Krim
Mickey Rooney ... Cook 3 / C W. J. Oglethorpe
Jack Carter ... Chief Gunners Mate Orville Toole
Juano Hernandez ... Ali Shar
Manu Tupou ... Seaman 1 / C Lightfoot Star
Barry Kelley ... Adm. Barnwell
Leonard O. Smith Leonard O. Smith ... Dyak
Richard Guizon Richard Guizon ... Dyak
John Cochran John Cochran ... Dyak
Jerry Fujikawa ... Adm. Shimagoshi
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Lt. Commander Finchhaven, a ghostly relic from the First World War, he had fallen down dead drunk on his first assignment and been consigned from the great beyond to sail the seas until a further opportunity arises to redeem his actions. During the Second World War, he is encountered by a quartet of American seamen that includes Lt. Morton Krim and cook W.J. Oglethorpe. A deal is completed whereby the men will help re-float Finchhaven's command in return for a passage to Australia. They raid a village to secure batteries for the engine and come upon the feisty Jennifer Winslow who offers them aid in return for a passage with the crew. Eventually they reach the open sea. Finchhaven's ghostly status is revealed and Lt. Krim and Jennifer help him to sink a Japanese cruiser. Written by alfiehitchie

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Taglines:

Stowaway... Sail Away... Laugh Away... Love Away... With Dunaway! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Comedy | War

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brod fantom See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The ship that stands in for the Japanese cruiser in the finale is the USS Canberra (CA-70). Originally a WWII Baltimore-class cruiser she was converted into a Boston-class guided missile cruiser in 1952, and was the first US Navy warship named for a foreign capital city. She is shown without any RIM-2 Terrier missiles on either of her aft twin launchers. She was decommissioned on February 2, 1970, stricken from the Naval Vessel Register on July 31, 1978, and ultimately sold for scrap in 1980. See more »

Goofs

A nuclear weapon detonation is seen, but there were no nuclear weapons at this point in the war. Nuclear weapons were not tested anywhere but in a desert until a few years after the war. See more »

Quotes

Cmdr. John Finchhaven, RN: Well, my lovebirds, we're in the picture. It's them or us. Are you going below to man the engines? Or would you prefer to be blown apart without a chance?
Lt. Morton Krim: That's a terrific choice.
Lt. Morton Krim: [ponders for a moment] Okay! We'll man the engines! Why not? A certified public accountant and a lady garage owner heroically attempt to sink a Japanese cruiser. I hope the President will be very pleased!
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Edited from Waterloo Bridge (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

We Sail the Ocean Blue
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan (uncredited)
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert (uncredited)
[Played on Finchhaven's phonograph during the final attack]
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It's amazing Alan Alda's career survived this mess.
23 February 2011 | by Momcat_of_LomitaSee all my reviews

Long ago, in a galaxy far, far away, before there was the direct-to-video market, people who made howlingly bad films had just one way of mitigating the financial loss. That was to send bad movies to small towns where people would pay to see ANYTHING at a movie theater, because there was nothing else to do. (We're talking about the pre-cable, pre-VHS, just 6 channels on TV days, folks!)

This is how I came to see "The Extraordinary Seaman" in a double-bill with "Krakatoa East of Java" in Lancaster, California in 1969 when I was 13 years old. This has to rank as one of the most awful pairings of movies of all time.

It's funny, because for all that I can recall this movie as being incomprehensible, boring to the point of inducing numbness, and funny only in unintentional ways, Alan Alda stood out in it as the only bearable element. (I know Faye Dunaway and Mickey Rooney are credited in the movie, but I cannot for the life of me remember anything about what they did, which is probably a good thing.) This is not to say that his performance was good. It wasn't, that was impossible, this movie was so bad. This movie's most redeeming feature was that it inspired practically the whole theater to throw popcorn at the screen and to add an audience soundtrack of groans and hisses and boos and hoots, and that was fun.

What it left me with is an indelible memory of what a backwater Lancaster, California was in the days before the Antelope Valley Freeway was built: we were the kind of small town where bad films were sent to eke out a little revenue for the people involved. I think about that every time I see some direct-to-video movie in the rack at the supermarket check-out stand.

And I'm devoutly thankful for all the options we have now to avoid seeing movies like "The Extraordinary Seaman."


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