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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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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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Storyline

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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Det grymma havet  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When the film was made in 1952, no Flower Class corvettes remained in Royal Navy service. The ship used was therefore the Greek corvette Kriezis, brought to Britain for scrapping. She was already scrapped by the time the film premiered. 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

Tallow: If anyone else makes a noise, I'll have his guts for a necktie.
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Referenced in The 100 Greatest War Films (2005) See more »

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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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