Captains Courageous
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A boy learns life-changing lessons about the importance of friendship and the dignity of labor in this adventure saga based on a story by Rudyard Kipling. Young Harvey Cheyne (Freddie Bartholomew) is the working definition of a spoiled brat; the only child of a wealthy widowed businessman, Harvey has everything he needs, but never stops asking for more, convinced he can get anything if he yells, pouts, or throws the right tantrum. Even other boys his age are disgusted with his antics, and when he accompanies his father on an ocean cruise, he finds he has no friends to play with. After wolfing… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"Its themes are entirely relevant to this day, and even technically %u2013 with the integration of sound stage and open sea footage %u2013 it stands the test of time"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"This hokum earned Spencer Tracy his first Best Actor Oscar."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Bartholomew's transition from evil brat to nice kid is so subtle that it's surprising when you notice it."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Well-directed, well-acted coming-of-age tale that may have the most hard-bitten viewer in tears by the end."
‑ Dan Jardine, All Movie Guide
"One of the all time best. Adventure, love, and tears. Tracy and Bartholomew are terrific."
‑ Steve Crum,
"While perhaps not the "all-time classic" that some of its contemporaries are, Captains Courageous still stands up pretty well today."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Still effective old-style literary adaptation."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"One of cinema's greatest classic adventure stories is Captains Courageous (1937), an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's novel."
‑ Tim Dirks, Tim Dirks' The Greatest Films
"Once you accept Spencer Tracy as a Portuguese fisherman, Victor Fleming's version of Kipling's sea-adventure novel is passably enjoyable by standards of the times."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"There is no better film about sailing than this. There is no better coming of age story than this."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Classic coming of age story"
‑ Fred Topel,
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