Ruth Andrews
Ruth Andrews asked:

I just finished the book and loved it. More than a war story, I see it as a coming of age story. Should I watch the movie?

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Damon Henrichs As with most movies, the book is better. That said, once you watch the movie you can't help but picture EVERY actor in their role. The casting of the movie was perfect and every performance is outstanding . . . especially Bogart.

I'd wait 6 months or a year then watch the movie. Watching it right after reading it will undoubtedly be disappointing. Watching after a little time will be highly enjoyable though.
Bob H The movie was a fragment of the book. Good performances by Bogart as Queeg, Jose Ferrer as Greenwald the naval attorney, and Fred MacMurray as the weaselly Keefer, but the story is cut short and the ending is too pat. Also, if you mean by "coming of age," Willie's growth through the book, as a man and officer, that's almost completely out. It's OK as cinema if you take it as a separate story.
matthew mcdonald The movie was OK, but nowhere near as fun as the book. The movie leaves out a lot of the story. Humphrey Bogart was good in it though.
Tom Stevens I saw the movie first, then read the book. Much better if you do it the other way but the film is outstanding.
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