During World War II, the USS Haynes, an American destroyer escort discovers a German U-boat in the South Atlantic. A deadly duel between the two ships ensues, and Captain Murrell must draw upon all his experience to defeat the equally experienced German commander.Written by
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Curd Jurgens and David Hedison have both appeared in James Bond Movies, Curd Jurgens in " The a Spy Who Loved Me". (1977) and David nHedison in " License to Kill(1989) and " Live and let die (1973) See more »
When Vol Stolberg goes to leave the control room, he sees the
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[to a temporarily-crazed sailor]
Give me the wrench. Give it to me!
You will come to attention.
It's part of our work to die. But we are not going to die. Do you believe me? *Do you believe me*?
[he nods, calmed. Von Stolberg returns the wrench]
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Opening credits prologue: WORLD WAR II THE SOUTH ATLANTIC See more »
A US Destroyer plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a German U-Boat in the South Atlantic during World War Two.
Despite this film getting fairly regular screenings on UK TV over the years, I saw it for the first time in its entirity over the weekend. Considering the era in which it was made, I was pleasantly surprised by its straightforward story and solid production. Rather than have some superfluous romantic sub-plot dragging it down, it instead concentrates on the professionalism of those involved on both sides. Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens portray the opposing Captains impressively as men who take no pleasure in the prospect of killing, but carry out their jobs to the best of their considerable abilities. The supporting cast include Theodore Bikel, David Hedison and a very young looking Doug McClure.
A combination of good technical credits, sure handed direction, good acting and a sympathetic depiction of the German crew ensure that the film holds up very well today. It may not be 'Das Boot' but its certainly entertaining.
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