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December 18, 2018
Excellent adaptation of the Jack London novel starring Edward G. Robinson, Jack Garfield and Ida Lupino. Another seamless and beautifully produced 1940's Warner Brothers pic. Acting and direction is excellent all-around. Only real weakness is in the source material - anything that calls to mind Moby Dick is going to suffer by comparison. - B+
April 20, 2018
Excellent movie! Edward G Robinson is at his dastardly best. He's so evil its a little unnerving at times. I love anything with John Garner and anything with Ida Lupino - and this movie has both! And Barry Fitzgerald is great as usual - reminds me of an evil Popeye in this movie. Such a doomed, spooky feeling throughout the entire film. Very entertaining!
Super Reviewer
March 24, 2018
A superb cast elevates this moody and atmospheric Michael curtiz offering about a ruthless sea captain out on the sea. he's after ... well, the story never actually clarifies what it is that he's after. nor does it pursue explanation too deeply of any real world, world building set-ups. Perhaps they are only a minor plot points, after all. what's important to this story is simply that he's one ruthless, mean son-of-a-you know what I mean, and there the movie digs in its heels. The other half of the story is how does everyone else deal with it. it's great entertainment.
March 3, 2018
Violentamente mal adaptado. Pouco importam as mudanças na trama e no desenrolar da mesma, afinal trata-se de uma adaptação. Mas a deturpações impostas aos ricos personagens de Jack London, que aqui surgem como meras caricaturas sem um pingo de carisma, essas se constituem como um tremendo desrespeito ao brilhante material original.
½ December 21, 2017
"The Sea Wolf" succeeded in creating an eerie atmosphere, predictably setting up the ship's voyage as a death sentence and capitalizing on the gloomy, misty photography. But although it presented itself as a mystery film it ultimately didn't answer the questions it generated, in the end emerging as an allegory instead. And that lack of focus, that inadequately set U-turn were its detriment, along with certain haphazardly written scenes such as the inexplicably profound and death-defying romance.
October 14, 2016
A Hollywood classic from the golden age of film, with an outstanding Oscar-worthy performance from Edward G. Robinson and an excellent performance by John Garfield. Great old character actors, wonderful black and white cinematography, a marvelous score by Eric Wolfgang Korngold , and a story by Jack London as the basis of the script--what more could one ask for?
August 24, 2016
When will this be available on DVD please?
½ August 7, 2016
A tyrannical reign of a captain over a crew of convicts. Some great nautical drama here.
November 6, 2015
Mildly interesting sea drama.

An assortment of characters are travelling on a passenger boat when it is accidentally rammed and sunk by a freighter. The survivors are picked up by a ship, captained by the callous, ruthless Captain "Wolf" Larsen...

Reasonably interesting but not overly so. Plot doesn't always develop in a coherent or plausible fashion. Still, quite intriguing and exciting at times.

Performances don't help the movie. Edward G Robinson puts in a good, suitably dark and sinister, performance as Captain Larsen. However, much of the remaining performances feel quite hammy - grandiose language, speech-like dialogue, overly dramatic, like a play. John Garfield and Alexander Knox are particularly bad. Ida Lupino is reasonably convincing in he role though.
October 16, 2014
Beautifully shot film, with incredibly atmospheric street, ship and sea based scenes, remarkable considering it was surely all set-bond work. Eddie G is typically great as a repulsive yet compelling character, he really sells Wolf Larsen well (except for arguably the physicality of the bloke). The support cast are variable, with Fitzgerald as Cookie a standout. Garfield and Knox are ok as the nominal heroes, but Lupino doesn't really amount to much more than a tacked-on romantic subplot. Plus the film ditches some of the best stuff from the final half of the book. Yet the story is still solid and the themes about the darkness and desperation of men at the end of their tether with no way out are palatably grim. In a good way. Certainly no Treasure of the Sierra Madre, but totally worth a look.
May 3, 2014
An ego like this must be constantly fed.

Captain Wolf Larsen is a ruthless leader that delivers his orders very deliberately. The crew mutinies and causes an uprising onboard. There are a couple men who don't want to get caught in the middle and try to get off the boat; but at every turn, they find themselves in the thick of things. Will the crew or Larsen ultimately control the ship?

"You're soft like a woman."

Michael Curtiz, director of White Christmas, Mildred Pierce, Captain Blood, The Sea Hawks, Dodge City, Four Wives, Four Daughters, We're No Angels, Breaking Point, The Adventures of Robin Hood, and Kid Galahad, delivers The Sea Wolf. The storyline for this picture is fairly entertaining and the villain is very well done. The acting was solid and the cast includes John Garfield, Edward Robinson, Ida Lupino, Alexander Know, and Barry Fitzgerald.

"You're disobeying orders."
"I don't like the way you give them."

I am a huge Michael Curtiz fan and watch as many of his films as possible. I grabbed this off a Curtiz marathon on Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Overall, I definitely found this to be an entertaining picture and a nice addition to the genre, but I would only watch this once and wouldn't purchase it.

"Good first mates are hard to find."

Grade: B
March 10, 2014
good action adventure yarn
April 22, 2013
A work of poetic literature skillfully put on film.
June 14, 2012
Would love to see it.
½ April 1, 2012
Atmospheric and Exciting!!
½ April 9, 2010
A grim tale of desperation, but Edward G. Robinson is the focal point of the movie with his strong performance.
April 1, 2010
Michael Curtiz has done a remarkable job creating the atmosphere for this film. The cast is superb. Edward G. Robinson is excellent, John Garfield, Ida Lupino, Alexander Knox Gene Lockhart and Barry Fitzgerald all give powerful performances. The cinematography is very moody and the score is top notch. The story is excellent and the characters are well established. Good art direction and the special effects were nominated for an Academy Award.
April 1, 2010
83/100. Michael Curtiz has done a remarkable job creating the atmosphere for this film. The cast is superb. Edward G. Robinson is excellent, John Garfield, Ida Lupino, Alexander Knox Gene Lockhart and Barry Fitzgerald all give powerful performances. The cinematography is very moody and the score is top notch. The story is excellent and the characters are well established. Good art direction and the special effects were nominated for an Academy Award.
½ March 22, 2010
Edward G. Robinson owns this movie. He is a huge jackass. I like the way he tortures the crew. I would do the same. This is a great looking movie as well. Take a look if you have the chance. You wont regret it.
½ March 16, 2010
Edward G. Robinson again in classic form. I am so used to seeing him as a gangster, this is refreshing to see him as a sadistic sea captain.
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