When their ship docks the crew disembark as usual to pick up their lives in postwar London. For one of them his petty smuggling turns more serious when he finds himself caught up with a robbery in the City.
Amidst the pub sing-songs and bombsites and with slums giving way to high-rise flats, life in Bethnal Green is changing for the Flints. Dad may decide to quit the docks and their daughter ... See full summary »
After intense wartime naval experiences a trio buy their old ship but then have to use it for smuggling and worse, before finally having to come to their senses. Written by
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Three ex Navy MTBs were used to play the part of 1087. After filming, one of them, ex Polish Navy S-10 really was used for smuggling and it eventually sank in the Mediterranean. The story is told by the Captain, Hugh Edwards, in his book "Midnight Trader". See more »
When Raines comes out of the abandoned WW2 bunker, the left lens of his glasses appears to have a scratch. In subsequent shots, the scratch is gone. See more »
Bill Randall (skipper of 1087:
I know about ships. They're wood and metal and nothing else. They don't have souls. They don't have wills of their own. And they don't talk back.
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Despie my interest in post war films and all things Naval, I have not heard of this film. How I have missed it is beyond me.
George Baker is fantastic as the lead and Bill Owen, known to me as Compo, is a revelation. Richard Attenborough is perfect as always and the roles played by Bernard Lee and Virginia McKenna are small but superb.
I must now read the book to see how the author handled the many strands and ending, which is a little disappointing in the film. Few people in today's Britain understand the stress and strain on on those demobbed at the end of WW2 but I suspect that with growing redundancies of front line troops in Afghanistan, the stories and threads explored in this film will strike a modern chord.
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