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The Wreck of the Mary Deare

Released Nov 6, 1959 1h 45m Adventure List
Reviews 57% Audience Score 250+ Ratings When ship captain John Sands (Charlton Heston) encounters the Mary Deare, an apparently abandoned ship, on the open seas, he hopes to salvage the wreck. Boarding the vessel, however, Sands finds that the Mary Deare's captain, Gideon Patch (Gary Cooper), is still aboard the ship, behaving strangely and clearly not well. After the damaged craft sinks, Sands and Patch attempt to prove to a court that the ship was sabotaged, but shocking revelations eventually come to light. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine A suspenseful mystery-at-sea yarn, superbly photographed and tightly edited, with seasoned performances by Gary Cooper and Charlton Heston as skippers enmeshed in a maritime scandal. Oct 7, 2019 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Crisply done sea adventure. Rated: B Apr 7, 2008 Full Review Steve Crum Kansas City Kansan Offbeat, compelling adventure-mystery tale featuring Cooper and Heston. Rated: 3/5 Feb 17, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Russ A movie you've never heard of, and there is a long ton of reasons why. Gary Cooper is completely miscast; his wooden "method" if you can call it that is only good in old Westerns. This is one of the few times that Charlton Heston is the best actor in a film's cast. You do get to see Richard Harris in one of his early roles. Just when you think the film's ending will hinge on courtroom drama during the inquest, it switches back to action at sea for a rushed and unconvincing conclusion. The whole thing is a late 1950's Poseiden Adventure. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 05/07/23 Full Review martin a This is a fantastic film, with an outstanding cast. The story starts with a salvage crew finding a ship afloat damaged but with a mad man aboard or so it seems, and from there the story unfolds about the crew abandoning the ship and attempting to blow it up for the insurance. They stop the ship from sinking and ground it, it then ends up going to a court for investigation and the poor captain is not believed. It is a fantastic film Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Classic thriller. outstanding actors Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent film from a golden age Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member good adventure story Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review s r Unusual maritime drama involving salvaging, law, scuba and murder. Good cast. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis When ship captain John Sands (Charlton Heston) encounters the Mary Deare, an apparently abandoned ship, on the open seas, he hopes to salvage the wreck. Boarding the vessel, however, Sands finds that the Mary Deare's captain, Gideon Patch (Gary Cooper), is still aboard the ship, behaving strangely and clearly not well. After the damaged craft sinks, Sands and Patch attempt to prove to a court that the ship was sabotaged, but shocking revelations eventually come to light.
Director
Michael Anderson
Screenwriter
Eric Ambler
Production Co
Blaustein-Baroda
Genre
Adventure
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 6, 1959, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jun 28, 2016
Runtime
1h 45m
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