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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
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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convoy | sea | u boat | survivor | ship | 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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The Cruel Sea  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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

The U-53, a type VIIB u-boat, was sunk on 23 February 1940 in the North Channel by HMS Gurkha, not late in the war. See more »

Quotes

Tallow: If anyone else makes a noise, I'll have his guts for a necktie.
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Referenced in A Profile of 'A Town Like Alice' (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Gritty war movie , minus the usual propaganda.
29 September 1999 | by (Auckland , New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Fine English war movie of life aboard a convoy escort ship during WWII. It's original B&W format only adds to the overall feel of the movie. Great no-nonsense performances from the cast. The movie is notable in that it is almost free of propaganda and instead concentrates on showing the crews life on board in a realistic way.Jack Hawkins turns in a fine performance.


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