Captains Courageous
Captains Courageous (1937)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 25, 1937
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2006
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dan Jardine

An unlikely love story of two opposites splendidly directed by Fleming.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

There is no better film about sailing than this. There is no better coming of age story than this.

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Urban Cinefile

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This hokum earned Spencer Tracy his first Best Actor Oscar.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Bartholomew's transition from evil brat to nice kid is so subtle that it's surprising when you notice it.

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Steve Crum

One of the all time best. Adventure, love, and tears. Tracy and Bartholomew are terrific.

Scott Weinberg

While perhaps not the "all-time classic" that some of its contemporaries are, Captains Courageous still stands up pretty well today.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Still effective old-style literary adaptation.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
First of all I don't like animal related movies, but I do like pirate movies, which is really weird, I know. Second, this movie is really long. It starts… More
Byron Brubaker
Quite a cast! Spencer Tracy with curly hair and a "Portuguese" accent might remind you of Chico Marx, but he is a likeable character. Child star… More
Lanning : )
Spencer Tracy did not think this a great performance, but he won the 1937 best actor Oscar. I have to agree with Tracy's evaluation, but it doesn't… More
John Ballantine
I seem to have an affinity for old tales of the sea....funny how it hasn't (for the most part) continued with modern ship tales. Perhaps it was because it… More
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Marcus Woolcott
A ripping yarn.