In Oscar-winning director William Friedkin’s last film, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, a U.S. naval first officer stands trial for orchestrating a mutiny after his captain shows signs of becoming unhinged and risking the lives of his crew. Friedkin, who won best-directing Oscars for The French Connection and The Exorcist, died August 7 at the age of 87. Production on the film was completed before Friedkin’s death.
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial stars Kiefer Sutherland (24), Jason Clarke (Oppenheimer), Jake Lacy (White Lotus), Monica Raymund (Chicago Fire), Lewis Pullman (Top Gun: Maverick), Jay Duplass (Transparent), Tom Riley (The Nevers) and the late Lance Reddick (John Wick).
At the start of a naval court-martial, Barney Greenwald (Clarke), a skeptical naval lawyer, reluctantly agrees to defend Lt. Steve Maryk (Lacy), a first officer of the Navy who took control of the U.S.S. CAINE from its domineering captain Lt. Philip Francis Queeg (Sutherland) during a violent sea storm in unfriendly waters. As the trial progresses, Greenwald becomes increasingly concerned and questions if the events aboard the Caine were deemed a true mutiny or simply the courageous acts of a group of sailors who did not trust their unstable leader.
The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial is based on the play by Herman Wouk. Written and directed by Friedkin, the film is produced by Annabelle Dunne and Matt Parker with Michael Salven and Mike Upton serving as executive producers. The film is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.
Following its premiere at the 80th Venice International Film Festival earlier this month, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial will premiere on streaming and on demand for all Showtime and Paramount Plus with Showtime subscribers on Friday, October 6. It will debut on Showtime on Sunday, October 8 at 9 p.m. The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial also is set to premiere on Paramount Plus in all international markets where the streaming service is currently live, including the UK, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, France, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and South Korea.