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    A World War II Classic Gets a Modern Update in ‘The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial’

    A World War II Classic Gets a Modern Update in ‘The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial'

    “The Caine Mutiny-Court Martial,” the play based on the 1951 book by U.S. Navy veteran Herman Wouk, has been produced and reproduced many times since it first debuted in 1953. The most famous version might be the 1954 Humphrey Bogart film “The Caine Mutiny,” but cast members through the ages have included Henry Fonda, Charlton Heston, Jeff Daniels, David Schwimmer and even former Jets quarterback Joe Namath.

    The latest version of the courtroom drama will premiere on Showtime and Paramount+ starting in October with a cast that includes Keifer Sutherland (“24”), Lance Reddick (“John Wick”) and Jason Clarke (“Zero Dark Thirty”). Eagle-eyed viewers will also spot military movie legend Capt. Dale Dye (“Saving Private Ryan,” “Platoon”) on the court-martial board.

    The original “Caine Mutiny” took place aboard a World War II minesweeper, and author Wouk drew from his personal experience aboard such ships, the Zane and USS Southard, in the Pacific Theater (although Wouk never actually experienced a mutiny during his service).

    The story behind the court-martial is straightforward. Unpopular but disciplined Lt. Cmdr. Philip Queeg (Sutherland) takes over as skipper of the USS Caine, but begins to act irrationally as the vessel goes about its mission. When sailing through a typhoon, the ship begins to founder and must reverse course or sink.

    Executive Officer Lt. Steve Maryk (Jake Lacy, “The Office”) believes…

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