At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer. Atmospheric sea footage.
Rod Crawford <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Monsarrat's brilliant best seller comes surging to life
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Did You Know?
wrote in his 1973 autobiography "Anything for a Quiet Life" regarding this film, "All of us in the film were sure that we were making something quite unusual, and a long way removed from the Errol Flynn-taking-Burma-single-handed syndrome. This was the period of some very indifferent American war movies, whereas 'The Cruel Sea' contained no false heroics. That is why we all felt that we were making a genuine example of the way in which a group of men went to war." See more
The ship used for HMS Compass Rose is clearly too old to be a brand new ship. See more
What sort of gun have we got?
Four inch what? Breech-loading, quick-firing, mark IV, mark VI, fixed ammunition?
Four inch... I... I don't know.
Find out! I'll ask you the next time I see you. Get to the dock office, and start mustering the confidential books!
I'm the first lieutenant around here. And don't you forget it!
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The Chestnut Tree
or "The Spreading Chestnut Tree" (uncredited)
Author unknown, perhaps traditional song
Sung by the sailors in the raft to keep awake See more