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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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escort | convoy | sea | u boat | survivor | See more »

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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

Donald Sinden was originally supposed to play First Lieutenant James Bennett, until Stanley Baker was cast instead. See more »

Goofs

After the British sailors have been depth-charged by HMS Compass Rose, the seagulls converging on the corpses can be seen flying backwards. This is due to the cameraman sailing towards the scene in error when it was shot; the film was simply reversed to give the required effect. See more »

Quotes

Watts: [repairing the engine] Come to see the fun, sir? It won't be long now.
Morell: Fine, chief, but the captain's a little worried about the noise. Could you do anything to... tone it down a bit?
Watts: Pretty well finished now, sir. We're just flabbin' up the nuts. Could you hear the hammerin' up top?
Morell: Hear it? There were U-boats popping up from miles around complaining about the racket.
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The Chestnut Tree
or "The Spreading Chestnut Tree" (uncredited)
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Even war must bow to the primal force of the Cruel Sea
15 May 2002 | by (Adelaide, South Australia) – See all my reviews

As a study of men thrown into unaccustomed roles, in a time of severe stress, The Cruel Sea has few peers. You live the lives with these men, you share their emotions, their fears, even their losses. The time of absolute despair still gives glimpses of the inner strength some men possess, and others lack, unwilling to be brave enough to face a future, in which they no longer see a role for themselves. This is a movie worthy of many screenings, and enjoyed for what it is, a movie that will challenge the viewer to not judge the characters, but to accept the times, circumstances, and locations were all extreme.

The Cruel Sea is one of my favourite films


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