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Run Silent Run Deep (1958)

Approved | | War, Action, Drama | 27 March 1958 (USA)
A U.S. sub commander, obsessed with sinking a certain Japanese ship, butts heads with his first officer and crew.



(screenplay), (based on novel by) (as Commander Edward L. Beach)


Airs Wed. Nov. 02, 8:30 AM on TCM

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The captain of a submarine sunk by the Japanese during WWII is finally given a chance to skipper another sub after a year of working a desk job. His singleminded determination for revenge against the destroyer that sunk his previous vessel puts his new crew in unneccessary danger. Written by Kevin Ackley <kackley1@aol.com>

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Gable and Lancaster make the seas boil in the battle adventure that hits like a torpedo!


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27 March 1958 (USA)  »

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Run Silent, Run Deep  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to Don Rickles, Burt Lancaster took the technical aspects of the production very seriously, always inquiring what the various dials and gauges meant. Rickles humored the star by saying he did, too. See more »


When Gable and Warden are playing sink "Bungo Pete" in Gable's office, a model battleship is on Gable's desk. This was obviously a Revell kit, likely a model of the USS Missouri, that dates from the mid 50's. See more »


Petty Officer 1st Class Ruby: You wanna sing, go to the head!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: "Bungo Straits Near the Coast of Japan 1942" See more »


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Music by Charles A. Zimmerman
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A "War" movie that succeeds at all levels
24 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a wonderful movie depicting the experience of one United States Navy submarine during the Second World War. The "Silent Service" never looked better.

It is filmed in black and white, which is (possibly) a salute to the "Victory at Sea" series of a few years before, but this film would not work as well in color (in contrast with "Das Boot," which would not work as well in black and white). Like "Das Boot," the sets are realistic and give the viewer an intimate feeling of the claustrophobia that existed on these small subs.

The script is excellent, although I have one recommendation: Try to watch this film in a "closed caption" mode. I hear fine, but when I watched it a second time in closed captioned, I picked up even more, particularly the names of the crew.

Gable and Lancaster are a little too old for the roles they are playing. But, this is a small complaint in comparison to their remarkable performances. It's easy to think of Gable as "Rhett Butler," no more and no less, but this film illustrates what a very fine actor he was. Lancaster is excellent, and gives a preview of his Oscar-winning turn in "Elmer Gantry," just a year or two later.

This is an old-fashioned film made with the able assistance of the U.S. Navy, and one cannot help but feeling a little pride in our nation and gratitude for our brave WW II veterans, after watching it. Highly recommended.

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