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Under Ten Flags (1960)

Sotto dieci bandiere (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 15 September 1960 (USA)
German raider, using various disguises, forces British ship to surrender. Story told from German point of view.

Director:

Duilio Coletti

Writers:

Bernhard Rogge (diaries), Vittoriano Petrilli (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Heflin ... Captain Bernhard Rogge
Charles Laughton ... Admiral Russell
Mylène Demongeot ... Zizi (as Mylene Demongeot)
John Ericson ... Krüger
Cecil Parker ... Col. Howard
Folco Lulli ... Paco
Alex Nicol ... Knoche
Liam Redmond ... Windsor
Eleonora Rossi Drago ... Elsa
John Lee
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Adm. Benson
Grégoire Aslan ... Master of Abdullah (as Gregoire Aslan)
Peter Carsten ... Lt. Mohr
Helmut Schmid
Gian Maria Volontè ... Samuel Braunstein (as Gianmaria Volontè)
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Storyline

In 1941, the British Admiralty is worried about the large number of Allied ships being destroyed in the Pacific Ocean by a mysterious enemy vessel. Initially, British Admiral Russell suspects that a German submarine is the culprit. However, the few revealed pieces of the mystery puzzle rather point to a German Navy surface warship.The British don't know it yet but the enemy ship in question is the German Navy raider Atlantis commanded by Captain Reger.His success in sneaking upon unsuspecting enemy vessels is due in large part on Atlantis' ability to disguise itself in a benign, non-combatant, neutral ship.To achieve this ruse, the Atlantis uses props, camouflage, paint, fake foreign flags and even theatrical costumes for its crew to make itself appear something it's not.When Atlantis is close to its prey, it reveals its true identity and opens fire sinking the duped victim. Finally realizing the truth, British Admiral Russell decides to set traps in order to persuade Atlantis to ... Written by nufs68

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The killer-ship of a thousand disguises ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under Ten Flags See more »

Filming Locations:

Syracuse, Sicily, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Mason and Laurence Olivier were the two front runners for Charles Laughton admiral part. See more »

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Although this movie is supposed to be based on fact, the scene in which the spy breaks into the Germany Navy code room is fiction. In fact, the British code breakers at Bletchley Park had already broken the German codes and knew how to pinpoint Atlantis. However, to keep the Germans from knowing that the British had broken their codes, various cover stories were invented during the war. This error is not the fault of the film makers as this information was revealed to the general public until 1974, 14 years after this movie was made. See more »

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Not All That Bad
15 October 2006 | by sogsSee all my reviews

I don't see this film in as nearly a bad light as some of the other commentator's here. There is good performances from Van Heflin and Laughton is always a joy to watch. There are certainly some obvious Italian extras thrown into this movie but whats bad about that? I for one can give the thumbs up for the female actors. Great bodies on them even though its in black and white! Stock footage is used in abundance for the sinking of the ships but the actual guns firing and being uncovered on the German vessel looks like the real deal to me. So sure, its not a masterpiece but give it a chance and I am sure you will find it a time passer.


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