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 <email@example.com>
Monsarrat's brilliant best seller comes surging to life
Did You Know?
It was widely said at the time that if this film had been a Hollywood production both Jack Hawkins
and Donald Sinden
would have been nominated for Oscars. See more
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
[after choosing a battle strategy that has cost lives
I had to do it!
Anyway, it's all in the report.
It was my fault!
I... I identified it as a submarine. If anyone murdered those men, I did.
No one murdered them - it's the war, the whole bloody war! We've just got to do these things and say our prayers at the end.
Featured in Forever Ealing
The Chestnut Tree
or "The Spreading Chestnut Tree" (uncredited)
Author unknown, perhaps traditional song
Sung by the sailors in the raft to keep wake See more