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Torpedo Zone (1955)
"La grande speranza" (original title)

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During WWII, handsome young Italian sub commander and his crew torpedo Allied freighters and transport ships for the Axis then rescue the occasional survivor and treat them humanely while seeking a safe place to put them ashore.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Lily Donald
Renato Baldini ...
The Submarine Commandanti
Carlo Bellini ...
Aldo Bufi Landi ...
Johnny Brown, POW
David Carbonari
Ludovico Ceriana
Carlo Delle Piane ...
Edward Fleming ...
Jean Cartier
José Jaspe ...
Spanish POW
Paolo Panelli
Rudy Solinas
Henri Vidon ...
Robert Steiner
Folco Lulli ...
Nostromo, First Mate
Guido Bizzarri


During WWII, handsome young Italian sub commander and his crew torpedo Allied freighters and transport ships for the Axis then rescue the occasional survivor and treat them humanely while seeking a safe place to put them ashore.

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There's DRAMA - There's DANGER - There's DEATH


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3 June 1955 (West Germany)  »

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Submarine Attack  »

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During the torpedo attack on Christmas the submarine is shown in heavy seas, but the freighter which is torpedoed is clearly sitting in still, calm water. See more »

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Grand hope and grand illusion.
18 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This Italian movie is only incidentally about life aboard a submarine during the Second World War. It is no epic adventure like the more famous DAS BOOT or RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP. Rather it is a quiet reflective anti-war film about the dilemmas of good human beings trapped by the exigencies and ironies of war. The captain of this submarine, played with stature by Renato Baldini, is a good man, whose sense of humanity is tested to the limit. He rescues from drowning a group of mostly British sailors (including a woman, played by Lois Maxwell). He then, in very Italian fashion, invites them aboard until he can deposit them in the neutral port of Santa Maria in the Azores. The same thing happens with a group of Danish sailors. This time there is no room on board and the survivors must remain perilously on deck and perhaps die if the captain needs to submerge to attack another target. The nicest scene in the movie is the Christmas party on board complete with makeshift Christmas tree, decorations, carols, the exchange of good cheer and words of friendship between rescuers and `captives.' It all comes to a stark halt when the Danish ship is spotted and must be destroyed. The tree, the decorations get cast aside. Without sermonizing, this movie makes its point very effectively, and for that reason is worth seeing. The original title means `The Great Hope.' Its US title was `Submarine Attack.' This is a telling change, in that a `great hope' for peace doesn't sell tickets. The violence implied in the phrase `submarine attack' has more audience clout. Oh, well. The US release was dubbed, rather badly, into English and the synchronization, whenever there is any singing, is fairly dreadful. Nino Rota, who provided the music for many great Fellini films and Coppola's The Godfather movies, scored this one too.

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