The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial: how to watch, trailer, cast, plot and everything we know about the William Friedkin movie

 Lance Reddick, Dale Dye and Kiefer Sutherland in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
Lance Reddick, Dale Dye and Kiefer Sutherland in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (Image credit: Marc Carlini/Paramount+ with SHOWTIME)

We may have lost William Friedkin earlier in 2023, but the Oscar-winning director has one more movie to share with the world, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial. The movie is set to be one of the big TV events of the fall. Let us explain.

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial premiered at the 2023 Venice Film Festival and is a full-length feature film, but it was produced by Showtime, so it is going to premiere on the premium cable network.

Now, to find out the when, the who and more about The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, read on as we detail everything you need to know about the movie.

How to watch The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial premiered on Showtime on Sunday, October 8, but you can now watch it on-demand if you missed it initially.

A subscription to Paramount Plus is necessary. For US consumers, it must specifically be Paramount Plus with Showtime (the more expensive of the two subscription options). Paramount Plus only has one subscription plan for markets outside of the US.

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial plot

Based on the book of the same name by Herman Wouk, here is the official synopsis of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial:

"Follows a U.S. naval first officer who's standing trial for orchestrating a mutiny after his captain shows signs of becoming unhinged and jeopardizes the lives of his crew.

"At the start of a naval court-martial, Barney Greenwald, a skeptical naval lawyer, reluctantly agrees to defend Lt. Steve Maryk, a first officer of the Navy who took control of the U.S.S. CAINE from its domineering captain Lt. Philip Francis Queeg 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 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 cast

The ensemble cast for The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial is headlined by Kiefer Sutherland, best known for his role as Jack Bauer in the show 24, as Lt. Philip Francis Queeg; Jason Clarke, who most recently starred in Oppenheimer, as Barney Greenwald; and Jake Lacy from White Lotus as Lt. Steve Maryk.

Additionally,  the cast features Monica Raymund (Chicago Fire), Lewis Pullman (Top Gun: Maverick), Jay Duplass (Transparent), Tom Riley (The Nevers) and the late Lance Reddick (John Wick) in key roles.

Check out these handful of first-look photos.

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial trailer

The first trailer for The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial is here. Watch directly below:

William Friedkin movies

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial is William Friedkin's 21st and final feature length movie. Here are his previous directorial efforts: 

  • Good Times (1967)
  • The Birthday Party (1968)
  • The Night They Raided Minsky's (1968)
  • The Boys in the Band (1970)
  • The French Connection (1971)
  • The Exorcist (1973)
  • Sorcerer (1977)
  • The Brink's Job (1978)
  • Cruising (1980)
  • Deal of the Century (1983)
  • To Live and Die in L.A. (1985)
  • Rampage (1987)
  • The Guardian (1990)
  • Blue Chips (1994)
  • Jade (1995)
  • Rules of Engagement (2000)
  • The Hunted (2003)
  • Bug (2006)
  • Killer Joe (2011)
  • The Devil and Father Amorth (2017)
Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.