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Submarine Seahawk (1958)

 -  War  -  December 1958 (USA)
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For his first command in the Pacific war a by-the-book officer is ordered to take his submarine on a reconnaissance mission to locate a fleet of Japanese fighting ships the Allies have lost... See full summary »

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John Bentley ...
Lt. Cmdr. Paul Turner
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Lt. (j.g.) David Shore
Wayne Heffley ...
Cmdr. Dean Stoker
Steve Mitchell ...
CPO Andy Flowers
Henry McCann ...
Seaman Ellis Bellis
Paul Maxwell ...
Lt. Cmdr. Bill Hallohan, XO
Nicky Blair ...
Sam
Frank Gerstle ...
Capt. Boardman
Jan Brooks ...
Mrs. Ellen Turner
Mabel Rea ...
Maisie
Leon Tyler ...
Ed
Hal Bogart ...
Radio Operator
Frank Watkins ...
Bearded Sonar Man
Don Fenwick ...
Radio Operator
Marilyn Hanold ...
Nancy
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For his first command in the Pacific war a by-the-book officer is ordered to take his submarine on a reconnaissance mission to locate a fleet of Japanese fighting ships the Allies have lost track of. At first, the rest of the crew resent his distant manner and the way he keeps avoiding taking on the Japs. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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DEATH STALKS BENEATH the SEAS!

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Submarine X-2  »

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Worth a look, only for the sake of the last half hour
16 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You've seen this movie before, done by everybody from Cary Grant ("Destination Tokyo") to Clark Gable ("Run Silent Run Deep") to Glenn Ford ("Torpedo Run"), and done better in pretty much every case.

This is a cast of nobody-you-ever-heard-of (for good reasons; I hope they didn't quit their day jobs) in a stock WWII plot about a sub on a secret mission. The acting is atrocious, the characters are incredibly clichéd (especially annoying: the short enlisted "comic relief" Jerry Lewis clone), and there are plot holes big enough to drive a submarine through.

If that were all it had, I'd give "Submarine Seahawk" maybe 2 stars, as an almost complete waste of film. However, this movie is saved from the scrap pile by better than average effects (some borrowed from other films), particularly in the climactic scene of the air assault on the Japanese flotilla. It's the explosions, fires, and splashes that usually give the model work in naval movies that shot-in-the-bathtub look. But especially considering how long ago this movie was made (and its obviously meager budget) those visuals were very nicely done. If for no other reason (and I sure can't think of any) this movie is worth watching for the impressive effects in that scene.

What's the best way to see "Submarine Seahawk"? Do as I did the first time I saw it, and miss the first hour or so. (I only wish I had missed that part again on my second viewing.) 9 stars for the attack scene, 2 for the rest of the movie.


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