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The Cruel Sea (1953)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ericson
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Lockhart
John Stratton ...
Ferraby
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Morell
John Warner ...
Baker
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Bennett
Bruce Seton ...
Tallow
Liam Redmond ...
Watts
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Julie Hallam (as Virginia Mc Kenna in closing credits)
Moira Lister ...
Elaine Morell
June Thorburn ...
Doris Ferraby
Megs Jenkins ...
Tallow's Sister
Meredith Edwards ...
Yeoman Wells
Glyn Houston ...
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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Drama | War

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19 August 1953 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)| (Gaumont Kalee)

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Trivia

The Compass Rose was played by ex-HMS Coreopsis. She was given the number K49 in the film which was the number of HMS Crocus (sometimes wrongly thought to have been used in the film). The real number of the Coreopsis was K32. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene of the film where the captain joins the ship it is obvious that the paintwork is filthy and smeared with numerous oily hand prints where the door has been closed. In other scenes aboard "Compass Rose" the paintwork can be clearly seen to be chipped where it has been knocked. Unlikely in a brand new ship that has never left dock before! See more »

Quotes

Capt. Ericson: [opening lines as narrator] This is a story of the Battle of the Atlantic, the story of the ocean, two ships, and a handful of men. The men are the heroes; the heoines the ships. The only villain is the sea, the cruel sea that man has made more cruel.
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Soundtracks

The Chestnut Tree
or "The Spreading Chestnut Tree" (uncredited)
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The definitive naval war movie
19 August 2000 | by (Bracebridge Ont) – See all my reviews

The Cruel Sea is a powerful film that puts you in the battle of the Atlantic. The black and white photography unintentionally conveys the gritty reality of a grim war.(Somebody has said that World War II was a war fought in black and white.) And although the special effects are primitive by today's standards, they are still pretty impressive. The film is an prime example of the post war school of British cinema before it was subsumed by Hollywood. It is a fine film, a fine war film and a fine piece of accurate history.


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