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Wendell Mayes (screenplay)
D.A. Rayner (novel)
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Release Date:
8 January 1958 (Japan) See more »
During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are good ones, and the engagement lasts for a considerable time. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Won Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A classic! See more (83 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Capt. Murrell

Curd Jürgens ... Von Stolberg (as Curt Jurgens)

David Hedison ... Lt. Ware (as Al Hedison)

Theodore Bikel ... 'Heinie' Schwaffer
Russell Collins ... Doctor
Kurt Kreuger ... Von Holem

Frank Albertson ... Lt. Crain

Biff Elliot ... Quartermaster
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Bair ... Ellis (uncredited)
Jimmy Bates ... QM1 Quiroga (uncredited)
Thomas Beyl ... FMB Operator (uncredited)
Robert Boon ... Chief Engineer (uncredited)
Joe Brooks ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Roger L. Cornwall ... German Sailor (uncredited)
Dale Cummings ... German Sailor (uncredited)
Jeff Daley ... BMSN Corky (uncredited)
Peter Dane ... Radarman Andrews (uncredited)
Vince Deadrick Sr. ... American Sailor (uncredited)
Alan Dexter ... Lt. Mackeson (uncredited)
Joe Di Reda ... BMSN Robbins (uncredited)
Maurice Doner ... Cook (uncredited)
Louie Elias ... Sailor (uncredited)
Richard Elmore ... American Sailor (uncredited)
Sasha Harden ... German Sailor (uncredited)
Jack N. Kramer ... Albert - German Sailor (uncredited)
Arthur La Ral ... Kunz (uncredited)
Marco López ... Soldier (uncredited)
Ralph Manza ... Lt. Bonelli (uncredited)

Doug McClure ... Ens. Merry (uncredited)
Michael McHale ... German Soldier (uncredited)

Gordon Mitchell ... German Sailor (uncredited)
Frank Oberschall ... Braun (uncredited)
Ted Perritt ... Messenger (uncredited)
David Post ... Sonarman Lewis (uncredited)
Ralph Reed ... Fireman (uncredited)
Werner Reichow ... Mueller (uncredited)
Ronnie Rondell Jr. ... American Sailor (uncredited)
Dan Tana ... German Sailor (uncredited)
Robert Whiteside ... Torpedo Petty Officer (uncredited)
Lee J. Winters ... Striker (uncredited)

Darryl F. Zanuck ... Chief (uncredited)

Directed by
Dick Powell 
Writing credits
Wendell Mayes (screenplay)

D.A. Rayner (novel) (as Commander D.A.Rayner)

Produced by
Dick Powell .... producer
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stuart Gilmore 
Art Direction by
Albert Hogsett 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
Set Decoration by
Fay Babcock (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Charles Le Maire (executive wardrobe designer) (as Charles LeMaire)
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Lueker .... assistant director
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Arthur von Kirbach .... sound (as Arthur L. Kirbach)
Etter D'Orazio .... sound editor (uncredited)
Walter Rossi .... sound effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects (as L.B.Abbott)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Music Department
Charles Henderson .... vocal supervisor
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Albert Beck .... technical adviser
C.E. Dunston .... technical adviser (as Comdr. C. E. Dunston USN)
Walter R. Smith .... technical adviser (as Lt. Comdr. Walter R. Smith USN)
Crew verified as complete

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  • Bausch & Lomb  Cinemascope Lenses by
  • Department of Defense, The  Twentieth Century-Fox wishes to thank, for their assistance in the production of this motion picture (as The Department of Defense)
  • Intrada  score album released by (limited edition) (uncredited)
  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation  Cinemascope is the registered trademark of (as Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation®)
  • United States Navy, The  Twentieth Century-Fox wishes to thank, for their assistance in the production of this motion picture (as The United States Navy)

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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | UK:U | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1988) (2003) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #18627) | West Germany:12 (f)
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Did You Know?

To add further confusion to the ship's identity, although called the Haynes in the movie, the ship's hull number is shown as DE-181, which was the USS Straub, a Cannon class destroyer escort.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): The dealer in the bridge game seems to finish with the player on his right. When dealing, the last card should go to the dealer.See more »
Von Stolberg:[listening on hydrophone] Now American, turn the right way and I'll give you a pretty present.See more »
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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A classic!, 8 September 2004
Author: kalex from Detroit, MI

Have to agree with "bob the moo" on this one. I've seen it probably two dozen times, and will see it many more, I'm sure. One of my favorite "war" movies (w/Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens as destroyer and submarine captains, respectively). My other faves are "Platoon," "Full Metal Jacket," "Decision Before Dawn," (w/Oskar Werner and Richard Basehart--most excellent!), and of course, Kubrick's "Paths of Glory," w/Kirk Douglas, Adoph Menjou and George MacReady.

More than a blood-and-guts war movie (though it has plenty of terrific action scenes), it's more of a man-vs-man "cat and mouse" story. Absolutely excellent direction (by Dick Powell) and some terrific cinematography. Terrific scene between Jurgens and Theodore Bikel (who plays his Exec. Officer), that is nothing but facial gestures and eyebrows.

A very "moral" tale, it shows that even sworn enemies serving their countries in wartime can show respect and compassion toward each other, especially since they're all men-of-the-sea: sailors. Conversations between Mitchum and his ship's doctor and between Jurgens and his exec officer mirror each other. Note the scene of the American sailors pulling the German sailors aboard their lifeboats near the end; Mitchum helping rescue the U-boat captain and his exec after ramming them.

Great tale, well-scripted, acted, directed and shot. An model of how to make a terrific story into a movie.

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