11. Adventure

  1. Drew Casper

Published Online: 3 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch11

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction

How to Cite

Casper, D. (2011) Adventure, in Hollywood Film 1963-1976: Years of Revolution and Reaction, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395242.ch11

Author Information

  1. University of Southern California, School of the Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 SEP 2012
  2. Published Print: 11 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188272

Online ISBN: 9781444395242



  • genre - adventure;
  • anticlimactic for adventure films - rise of mass literacy, the likes of Alexandre Dumas, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Jules Verne;
  • nation's emerging collectivist liberalism - governments, adjusting economic/social inequalities in the face of rugged individualism;
  • genre, favoring plot over character - testing postwar, showing Hollywood to think character over plot;
  • The swashbuckler's colonial/racist ideology (Seven Seas to Calais, MGM, 1963) - and fortune hunter's embrace of capitalism and materialism (Rampage, WB, 1963), being a hard sell;
  • adventure film's calamity cycle - survival on the part of the jinxed, the stranded, the ditched, or the escaped prisoner;
  • war mission-adventure cycle, running out of steam by 1970 - Sky Riders (TCF, 1976) reviving the formula;
  • Deliverance, genre voicing social issues - violence, connection with constitution of maleness and nature-vs.-civilization debate