Lord Jim

1965

Action / Adventure / Drama / Romance

27
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 54%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 60%
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 3128

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Eli Wallach as The General
Peter O'Toole as Lord Jim
James Mason as Gentleman Brown
Paul Frees as Du-Ramin
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2hr 34 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Prismark10 6 / 10

Patchy Jim

Lord Jim is an overlong, literate would be epic about redemption of a cowardly sailor.

Adapted from the novel by Joseph Conrad, Jim (Peter O'Toole) is an officer in the merchant navy in 19th century far east. In heavy storms he joins his crew in abandoning his ship and his passengers bound for Mecca to perform the hajj pilgrimage.

The ship and passenger reach port safely, Jim faces censure for his cowardly actions and stripped of his sailing papers.

Jim disappears into anonymity working anywhere he can find a job. One day he gets a chance at redemption as he defends some island villagers from a ruthless warlord and later a river bandit.

Director Richard Brooks was hoping O'Toole and Jack Hawkins would elevate this film to the heights of Lawrence of Arabia. The film was extensively shot in Cambodia, there is a literate screenplay and it has all the hallmarks of a would be epic.

Yet the film fails because it is uneven, it is overlong, after a promising start it becomes plodding, at times it even looks cheap despite the overseas shooting. O'Toole has a good stab at playing the doubting, depressed Jim but somehow he lacks passion. I think both Brooks and O'Toole realised that the source novel was just too difficult to adapt.

Reviewed by Adrienna Zsakay 9 / 10

The Tyranny of Circumstances?

I came across this movie my chance and was not disappointed. A good man, caught up in unfortunate circumstances. But like all good men he tried to make amends.

Joseph Conrad, one of the masters of the human condition, wrote a good story. The movie, with Peter O'Toole, did a wonderful job at portraying both the goodness in men and the evil.

Yet this wasn't just a movie about the human condition, but also how circumstances can sometimes take on a life of their own. Jim made no mistakes, he just ended up in a situation not by choice but by circumstance. The world judged otherwise.

The ending was a complete surprise. Made all the more poignant by the last action of adding the jacket to the funeral pyre. Thus obliterating all evidence of Jim's human existence. Nothing was to remain of him.

Reviewed by jc-osms 5 / 10

Peter and the wolves of war

I love late Victorian / Edwardian fiction by mainly English writers, but always had a problem with Joseph Conrad's novels. I've read them all but they were each and every one of them a struggle. It's the same thing here with this adaptation of his "Lord Jim" starring Peter O'Toole. It's wordy, very one-paced and becomes something of a grind to watch, even the action scenes.

O'Toole is again cast as an Englishman abroad on a mission, ostensibly to boost the local native resistance but just as much about finding his own self-redemption. Sound familiar...? Well, this time, director Richard Brooks uses an altogether darker palette than David Lean while there are also no sweeping romantic themes or panoramic sun-bright vistas in the background either.

So, a different type of movie to "Lawrence" you'd say. This movie is about a dark examination of O'Toole's Jim's soul and initially he's found wanting. Ambitious at the start and climbing the ranks of the Navy, he succumbs to weakness at a time of danger, only to see his reputation forever marked by one deed of cowardice. So he takes on a dangerous "heart of darkness"-type mission and gradually re-humanises himself, allowing himself to be drawn to the attractive female leader of the natives he's now leading and taking advice from the older wiser men who employ him or accompany him on his mission. In so doing he comes across two treacherous, bloodthirsty villains, one after the other, each played with some heat by Curt Jurgens and an almost unrecognisable James Mason, but in the end it's his own pride which proves his downfall, after recklessly promising to the tribal chief that he will sacrifice his own life should anyone die amongst the locals. Despite his best efforts, one does and unluckily, it's the chief's own son, leaving Jim at the end to face up to what was likely to be his only ever shot at self-absolution.

O'Toole is altogether less dashing than usual in the lead role, which is as it should be. Occasionally, he looked miscast to me but the sincerity of his performance drags the viewer into the conflict and onto his side. Jurgens and Mason are both convincing as the two outside-the-law threats he meets while Daliah Lavi adds a touch of exoticism to her part.

Like I said earlier, there are lots of character speeches to wade through although a resonant phrase will occasionally break through. I found there just weren't enough of those and stretched nearly three hours in front of me, the movie seemed a bit turgid and uninvolving all told.

I'll watch most things with the young O'Toole on board but on this outing he rarely has to extend himself and that combined with a dry screenplay just didn't take me along with the adventure, unlike Lawrence (oops, I said it again!).

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