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The Eternal Sea (1955)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, War | 5 May 1955 (USA)
Rear Adm. John M. Hoskins (Sterling Hayden) fights to stay on after losing a leg on an aircraft carrier in World War II.

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Seaman P.J. 'Zuggy' Zugbaum
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Vice-Adm. Thomas L. Semple
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Dorothy Buracker
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Capt. William Buracker
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Capt. Walter Riley
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Capt. Walter F. Rodee
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Lt. Johnson
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Vice-Adm. Arthur Dewey Struble
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Admiral L.D.
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Adm. William F. 'Bull' Halsey
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Biopic of Rear Adm. John M. Hoskins, U.S. Navy. During World War Two, U.S. Navy Capt. John Madison Hoskins returns home for a short leave after spending two years at sea. In 1942, he is given command of the USS Hornet (CV-8). Unfortunately, news reach him that the Hornet has recently been sunk by the Japanese. Without a ship, Hoskins is temporarily reassigned as an instructor at Quonset Point, Rhode Island. In 1944, Hoskins is finally sent to the front lines. He's given command of the USS Princeton (CVL-23) involved in the on-going Philippine campaign. When Hoskins arrives to replace the current Captain of the Princeton, as part of the routine rotation of skippers practiced by the Navy, he is told to assist the Princeton's Captain rather than take over command of the ship. The reason being that the Princeton's skipper, Capt. William Buracker, is already briefed on the on-going operation and it would take too much time for the Navy to bring Hoskins up to speed. However, Hoskins agrees ... Written by nufs68

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Based on true events from the life of Vice Admiral John Madison Hoskins (October 22, 1898 - March 30, 1964). See more »

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The U.S. Navy requires that, unless you are on duty, you uncover upon entering a building and once uncovered you do not salute. Several times in this movie a salute was rendered by an uncovered sailor. See more »

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Interesting biopic in a film with loose narrative.
12 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Biopic on the life of Admiral John M. Hoskins wounded in 1944 in an explosion aboard the USS Princeton aircraft carrier, which caused him to lose one leg which did not prevent him from captaining other ships, fighting in the Korean War and becoming one of The pioneers in the development of jet aircraft landings.

Slowly played by series director John M Auer, Sterling Hayden's contribution (with mythical works in Nicholas Ray's "Johnny Guitar" (1954) or "The Killing" by Stanley Kubrick) does not contribute to improve a story that, in other directors, had reported, at least, more narrative agility and not that generalized inexpressiveness that characterizes it.

In general it is a film lacking in narrative force that had needed a story like that of Admiral John M. Hosking, a man capable of overcoming all the difficulties of the world.


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