Showtime has released a trailer for The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, the final film from writer/director William Friedkin. The movie, based on Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Herman Wouk, follows a U.S. naval first officer who’s standing trial for orchestrating a mutiny after his captain shows signs of becoming unhinged and jeopardizes the lives of his crew.
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial stars Kiefer Sutherland, Jason Clarke, Jake Lacy, Monica Raymund, Lewis Pullman, Jay Duplass, Tom Riley, and Lance Reddick. Friedkin wrote and directed the film, which was completed before his death on Aug. 7. Reddick, who died unexpectedly in March, finished shooting several movies, including Percy Jackson and the Olympians and White Men Can’t Jump remake, along with this one.
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The official synopsis notes, “At the start of a naval court-martial, Barney Greenwald (Clarke), a skeptical naval lawyer, reluctantly agrees to defend Lt. Steve Maryk (Lacy), a first officer of the Navy who took control of the U.S.S. CAINE from its domineering captain Lt. Philip Francis Queeg (Sutherland) during a violent sea storm in unfriendly waters. As the trial progresses, Greenwald becomes increasingly concerned and questions if the events aboard the Caine were deemed a true mutiny or simply the courageous acts of a group of sailors who did not trust their unstable leader.”
Following the film’s premiere at the Venice International Film Festival, it is set to debut on on streaming and on demand for Showtime and Paramount+ subscribers on Oct. 6 before airing on Showtime on Oct. 8.
Friedkin was best known for helming classics like The Exorcist and Oscar-winner The French Connection. He went on to direct favorites like Sorcerer, To Live and Die in L.A., and Rules of Engagement. The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, his first movie in over a decade, was announced prior to his death.
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