YMMV / The Caine Mutiny

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: A partial example. Even though the word "Mutiny" is right there in the title, Maryk is actually charged with (and acquitted of) "conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline" - and Keith is never charged at all.
  • Critical Research Failure: During the court-martial, the prosecuting attorney tries to discredit the claim that Queeg is mentally unstable by getting people to admit that he had never raved and foamed at the mouth. Nobody, not even the psychologist brought in as expert witness, thinks to point out that paranoiacs, which is what Queeg is accused of being, don't do things like that.
  • The Danza: Inverted; May Wynn's name came from her character in the film.
  • Iconic Character: Captain Queeg.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Lee Marvin has a minor, but noticeable role as one of the Caine's sailors.
  • The Woobie: Queeg and Maryk. Queeg was, as Maryk pointed out, a tired man who had been on active duty for far too long. The Sparknotes analysis of the book even goes on to point out that his steady by-the-book nature and apparent immunity to being bothered by boredom or routine would have made him an excellent Captain in a peacetime situation. Maryk himself is a good person who just wanted to get into the regular Navy, but the shipmates he wound up with and his own naive nature doomed his aspirations, and caused him to ruin Queeg's own naval career as well.