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The Cruel Sea (1953)

Approved | | Drama, War | 19 August 1953 (USA)
The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.

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Ericson
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Lockhart
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Ferraby
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Morell
John Warner ...
Baker
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Bennett
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Tallow
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Watts
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Julie Hallam
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Elaine Morell
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Doris Ferraby
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Tallow's Sister
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Yeoman Wells
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Phillips
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Tonbridge
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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. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Monsarrat's brilliant best seller comes surging to life

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The film's huge success confirmed Jack Hawkins as an international star at the age of 42. See more »

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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. See more »

Quotes

Bennett: Snorkers! Good-oh!
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The Chestnut Tree
or "The Spreading Chestnut Tree" (uncredited)
Author unknown, perhaps traditional song
Sung by the sailors in the raft to keep wake
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My father's experience in the Royal Navy
25 December 2003 | by (Portsmouth, England) – See all my reviews

My father served in the Royal Navy for 42 years. He joined in 1914 and retired in 1956 and was in active service throughout both World Wars. He told me that the film 'The Cruel Sea' was the most realistic account of how it was during those terrible times.


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