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The Cruel Sea (1953) Poster

(1953)

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Jump to: Continuity (2)  | Factual errors (3)  | Plot holes (1)  | Revealing mistakes (2)  | Spoilers (1)

Continuity 

Liam Redmond plays the part of "Chief Engineering Rating\\C.E.R. WATTS." However, on at least two separate occasions both the ship's Captain Ericson (Jack Hawkins) and later Coxswain Tallow (Bruce Seton - 11th Baronet of Abercorn) clearly call him WATSON.
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Just after the repair in the Mediterranean is completed and Compass Rose gets underway, another ship can be seen on the horizon.
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Factual errors 

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.
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In any scene where the A.S.D.I.C. is being used and strikes a target, the rate of A.S.D.I.C. pulses increases the closer to the target the ship gets. There is no reason that the A.S.D.I.C. pulse rate would increase, as they are set at a certain frequency that would only be changed by the crew, not by distance to target.
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The ship used to represent HMS Compass Rose in the film is actually not a pre-1940 Flower-class corvette. Those corvettes had mast before the bridge. The modified Flower-class corvettes which were developed and ordered after 1940 were slightly larger, slightly better armed and the mast was moved behind the bridge.
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Plot holes 

When the Compass Rose is disabled and preparing for the night while the repairs are underway, the captain orders the utmost silence be kept to avoid detection by an enemy sub. On the other hand, the ASDIC has been merrily pinging away all the time for hours on the stationary ship, which submerged subs can of course hear across great distances.
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Revealing mistakes 

The ship used for HMS Compass Rose is clearly too old to be a brand new ship.
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Some depth charges are clearly labelled "INERT FILLED."
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Spoilers

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Revealing mistakes 

After the British sailors have been depth-charged by HMS Compass Rose, the seagulls converging on the corpses can be seen flying backwards. This is due to the cameraman sailing towards the scene in error when it was shot; the film was simply reversed to give the required effect.
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