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During World War II, the USS Haynes, an American destroyer escort discovers a German U-boat in the South Atlantic. A deadly duel between the two ships ensues, and Captain Murrell must draw upon all his experience to defeat the equally experienced German commander. Written by
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The space battle from the film "Star Trek: The Wrath Of Khan" and the entire first season "Star Trek" episode "Balance of Terror" were based largely on the final battle in this film. The second season "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" episode "Killers of the Deep" was also based on and included footage from this movie. In addition, David Hedison starred in "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" and appeared in the main cast of this movie. See more »
The DE has doctor onboard. A doctor was not part of the standard compliment of destroyer escorts. See more »
I guess you're finding the Sun kind of hard to take, after the North Atlantic.
Oh, it doesn't matter. It's always either too cold or too hot, wherever there's a war on.
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A US Destroyer plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a German U-Boat in the South Atlantic during World War Two.
Despite this film getting fairly regular screenings on UK TV over the years, I saw it for the first time in its entirity over the weekend. Considering the era in which it was made, I was pleasantly surprised by its straightforward story and solid production. Rather than have some superfluous romantic sub-plot dragging it down, it instead concentrates on the professionalism of those involved on both sides. Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens portray the opposing Captains impressively as men who take no pleasure in the prospect of killing, but carry out their jobs to the best of their considerable abilities. The supporting cast include Theodore Bikel, David Hedison and a very young looking Doug McClure.
A combination of good technical credits, sure handed direction, good acting and a sympathetic depiction of the German crew ensure that the film holds up very well today. It may not be 'Das Boot' but its certainly entertaining.
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