Skip to comments.Leadership Ideas from a Movie: You’ll Never Guess Which One
Posted on 10/16/2006 5:23:13 AM PDT by John Carey
A film that came and went in 2003 deserves another viewing if you saw it then and if you missed it you might pick it up for a family viewing. The film Master and Commander with Russell Crowe gives new insight into the at-sea culture of 1805 Britain; and sadly, speaks volumes about the degenerated world we occupy in 21st century America. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World strikes viewers as an old-fashioned sea saga that few thought Hollywood could still produce. This is not just a war movie but a lesson in leadership, teamwork and character.
Most movies today offer us pabulum and fantasy. They dont encourage us to greater good but instead emphasize the darker side of human conduct. Drug abuse, homosexuality and fantasy often fill the screen. Computer graphics so sophisticated they remove us from reality have enthralled Hollywood and thrilled viewers. Many of our leading men are pretty-boy weak sisters who may have a certain appeal to 14-year-old girls but have none of the raw manliness and power of John Wayne. Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Keanu Reeves come to mind, but they are not alone.
It seems Hollywood and television producers want us to worship the gay, lighthearted and without-depth in our culture today. Powerful men are largely taboo.
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An excellent movie.
a great movie. if you like this genre, don't forget the new "Horatio Hornblower" series starring Ioan Greunfeld (or however you spell it)
3 of these things are not like the other, 3 of the things are kinda the same. Can you guess which three do not belong here?
Ha! Even Keanu is a bit of a stretch!
Hold the phone...
ah! thank you for correcting me. The first time I saw one of these pics, I had doubts about his being cast as HH. After contemplating, and watching his performances, I came to beleive that he is underappreciated and is splendid for the part.
Pretty good movie, great books.
IIRC, in the book Master and Commander Jack Aubry did just that, albeit in the face of overwhelming force.
Go to any service academy football game and watch a thousand or more young Jack Aubreys march into the stadium. Concepts such as duty, honor, teamwork and leadership are still alive and well at some places in our society.
Go Navy! Beat Army!
George Washington was also pretty good at the strategic retreat.
LOL, practice makes perfect. Washington did that a lot. But it turned out OK in the end.
There was a brief mention in an enthusiast magazine [for the life of me, can't remember the title, but it's been within the last few months] to the effect that Russell Crowe recently paid a quiet 'look-see' visit to the sailing ship used to film the movie. The ship's museum staff were delighted to give him a tour, said the article, and in the process he is reported to have told them that there is a sequel in the works. Anybody else heard this?
That's easy, John Wayne, Brad Pitt and Keanu were/are good at memorizing lines and repeating them on cue. Leonardo DiCaprio is the only one who is a great actor, and getting better with each movie.
They changed the story for commercial reasons, since a movie with Americans as the enemy wouldn't be very popular here (the sentiment of many in Hollywood notwithstanding) and the French are perfect bad guys. And yes, the kid was very good. He's also good in the HBO series Rome, where he plays Octavian (the future Augustus).
I'll second that. He's a real talent.
...extreme eye roll...
The ship is the Rose, a very authentic replica of a British fighting ship (I forget which class). For years the Rose offered paying passengers the opportunity to crew her as she sailed the Eastern seaboard. Passengers would climb the rigging and do all the other chores necessary to sail the ship. I had planned to do this myself but the Rose's owners sold her so she could be used to make the film so my procastination cost me the opportunity.
You bet it is.
Literally. You bet your survival and that of your children on your ability to comprehend this basic fact.
Do not trust your security, that of your family, or that of your nation to those who do not understand just how dangerous and tough the world is. It is all too easy to forget from the comfort of one's soft bed, well stocked kitchen, luxurious movie theatres, or lavish cocktail parties.
Those lounging in the baths of the decadent Leftist enclaves of America are having fun, no doubt, but they are deep in the delusion that, through their example, they can convert the world from a dangerous and tough place into one that is safe and gentle, where everyone accepts their ideals, where the fun of decadence will eradicate the danger and toughness of the world.
Such people are the greatest danger of all in a dangerous and tough world.
It is such decadence that will surrender the safety and gentleness that is also a part of the world to the dangerous and tough.
Strategic is right ... he was leading a distinctly inferior force ... keeping it in existence was itself a victory. Add to that, each time he retreated he first exacted from his enemy a high price for making him retreat. Under the right circumstances, that can be a winning strategy.
But I don't WANT John Wayne. I want THIS. And I don't care whether he passes the "can he drag a woman by the hair across Ireland" test. Leave my Keanu alone.
Have both the HH box set and Master and Commander on DVD. Great stories. I haven't seen anything on it but both have room for more episodes.
Actually, IBM used use 12 O'Clock High to demonstrate types of leadership. Great movie. I love what they can do with CGI nowadays, but I hope they NEVER remake 12 O'Clock High!
I want to find out what happens if and when he catches the French vessel.( causing the Frogs to fly the white flag)
We have our own copy and watch it about once per year. This movie is a genuine depiction of life on the high seas at that time in history when the British Navy was shaping the modern world -- see book of that name by Arthur Hermann, another fine read.
One man, 2 questionable gender-confused types, and one metrosexual.
"What the hell is a keanu?"
For those who are interested in the ship.
Loved the movie and loved the music from the movie....
Pictures, please. Any picture of Russell Crowe would suffice...
Thanks for the link. I hadn't thought about the Rose for a long time but I regret that I passed up the opportunity to sail on her. I figured there would always be time.
DiCaprio was not a "weak sister" in either Gangs of New York nor Departed.
Don't tell me you were looking for John Wayne as the answer!
John Wayne was a great institution and person, but not much of an actor. The only really great western he ever really made a difference in was The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, but that's because he played an arrogant jerk. Which by the way fit his acting perfectly.
There was only one Bogart. It's a pity that many of his movies are so hard to find on DVD.
According to the DVD they were very careful in recruiting extras for Master and Commander. The were looking for people who had the kind of battered look that a Royal Navy seaman of the day would have. I'm not sure I'd get the part since I have all my teeth!
I hope they make more episodes of both MAC and HH series, but I reckon they'd be rather expensive.
wonder which weevil they'd pick?
"John Wayne was a great institution and person, but not much of an actor."
I disagree with you. Wayne was masterful at delivering the quip at the right moment.
I don't recall the movie, but he and Rock Hudson rode out on horseback to parlay with a gang of villians about to attack a wagon train.
They're talking, the parlay isn't going well so Wayne pulls out his revolver and shoots the bad guy. They ride back with the gang right behind them shooting at the wagon train.
All these bandits are attacking and this woman is standing there holding a rifle. She asks why he shot the bad guy. He says: "Well, ma'am, we just ran out of things to talk about."
Maybe I just like well-delivered quips.
I teach a course at Penn State called "Leadership Studies in Popular Film." I haven't seen (all of) Master and Commander, but here's a link to one of my course pages that includes a partial list of the films I've used in class:
oops: make that
You surprise me. I thought it was fairly well established that Keanu was a gay blade. You want a gay? Very well. . .
Ok, he may be a colossal jerk, but he's an attractive jerk.
After all the establishing scenes, when the camera first went to Bogart, seated at his desk in that immaculate white dinner jacket, his aura filled not only the screen, but the entire theater. Every female in the place, regardless of age, let out an audible gasp, and at that moment I thought to myself, "I want what he's got."
All is not lost. There is a Swedish ship that sails out of Baltimore and I believe you can crew her sometimes. There is also a replica of Cook's vessel that comes to America sometimes and permits people to crew on her. There are a few other opportunities; google can help.
Thanks. I'll do that.
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