Rick Leland makes no secret of the fact he has no loyalty to his home country after he is court-martialed, kicked out of the Army, and boards a Japanese ship for the Orient in late 1941. ... See full summary »
An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.
Made during World War II, this chronicles a voyage of a U.S. submarine on a secret mission to the very shores of Japan. Much of the film is spent developing the cast of characters that populate the sub. Written by
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The appendectomy done in this film actually happened. It was performed on the USS Silversides SS236. Pharmacist's mate Thomas Mooere removed George Platter's appendix 150 feet below the ocean's surface. Photographs of the surgery are on display where this submarine is docked, in Muskegon, Michigan, at the Great Lakes Naval Memorial and Museum. See more »
The submarine "Copperfin" is essentially a "Gato" class boat, yet through the evolution of that class the superstructure changed as well as the armament. In the film you see everything from a 20MM gun to a 40MM as well as numerous .30 and .50cal machine guns, not to mention a 3" deck gun. The footage of the sub changes numerous times during the film, including the armament as well as the superstructure, obviously due to the extensive use of stock footage. See more »
[During a particularly fierce depth-charging of the 'Copperfin']
I wonder how the invasion of Europe is getting along?
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With all the stir over Bruckheimer and Bay's silly PEARL HARBOR action ride, you might want to see some more realistic and gritty war films. Among them should be the historical retelling of Pearl Harbor in TORA! TORA! TORA! and the Doolittle raid in THIRTY SECONDS OVER TOKYO.
The Doolittle raid would not have been possible without the scouting job of the submarine that snuck into Tokyo bay to guide the plains in over the city. This film gives a rousing account of that mission as well as a beautifully done propaganda job to keep the troops and folks back home energized during the war.
The film still stands up well as a genuine action adventure. Definitely a movie for those who enjoy great film.
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