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 <email@example.com>
Monsarrat's brilliant best seller comes surging to life
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Did You Know?
It was widely said at the time that if this film had been a Hollywood production both Jack Hawkins
and Donald Sinden
would have been nominated for Oscars. See more
The U-53, a type VIIB u-boat, was sunk on 23 February 1940 in the North Channel by HMS Gurkha, not late in the war. See more
[at the mess table
Getting rattled, John?
Well, whatever we do, these damn U-boats seem to get through the screen every time. We lost almost half our convoy and an escort and are almost two days from Gibralter.
[he gags with disgust;
It's an odd thing to think if nothing else happens, this is probably the worst convoy in the history of sea warfare.
[trying to be comforting
Something to tell your grandchildren.
Yes, indeed, in fact, if you can guarantee I will have grandchildren, I shall recover...
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