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In 1942, a cargo ship jammed with British evacuees from Singapore is sunk by a Japanese sub. A small lifeboat carries a beautiful woman, an army officer, a bigoted administrator, and a black seaman. Only the seaman knows the woman is a nun. The men reveal their true selves under the hardships of survival. Told in a too-long flashback frame. Written by
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Director Bob McNaught, working as the Associate Producer, replaced Roberto Rossellini as the director. A press release stated..."but Rossellini decided at almost the last minute that "Sea Wife" was not his cup of minestrone." Not the first nor last time a director quit a film, but one of the few instances where the production company used it as a publicity story. See more »
The opening sequences in London are set in 1947, but several 1950s vehicles (including the newspaper delivery vans) are visible in various street scenes. See more »
Biscuit, Sea Wife, Bulldog and Number 4 are cast adrift aboard a life boat after their ship was sunk by the Japanese. They were evacuating from Singapore in 1942 and now, here floating on the ocean, they must come together and overcome any feelings they may hold about each other.
A film with essentially only four characters, each very different, should really make for an interesting character piece, that it doesn't is down to the staid script and some immensely bad bacon sandwich acting. Joan Collins is Sea Wife and Richard Burton is Biscuit, both seemingly trying to out camp each other. A little drama wouldn't have gone amiss either, there are some decent scenes put together, and a modicum of interest is raised once the group actually have to do something to survive, but it's false hope that the picture could be saved from a dreary and watery grave. 3/10
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