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The commander of an American submarine during World War II sets out to destroy the Japanese Aircraft carrier which launched the attack on Pearl Harbour. His wife and child have been captured by the Japanese and they are using them and other prisoners of war as human shields for the carrier. Written by
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This movie represents one of a select group of a few World War II submarine movies which have won the one single Academy Award in a technical category, that's just only the one Oscar in either special effects or sound editing. These movies include Crash Dive (1943); The Enemy Below (1957); Torpedo Run (1958) and U-571 (2000). The non-WW II sub-movie, The Hunt for Red October (1990) also won just the one Oscar as did the WW 2 part sub-movie 49th Parallel (1941), but for Best Original Story. See more »
There was no such ship as the Shinaru leading the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. There were six aircraft carriers, all of them committed planes to the attack. Akagi, Kaga, Hiryu, Soryu, Shokaku and Zuikaku. The first four listed were all sunk at the Battle of Midway in June of 1942. The others were sunk later. Shokaku was sunk by the submarine USS Cavalla in June 1944, while Zuikaku was sunk by aircraft in October 1944 during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. See more »
[standing waist-deep in freezing Aleutian water]
Have you ever felt anything this cold?
Yes... Brighton in August.
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Opening credits prologue: SOUTH PACIFIC 1942 See more »
More a drama than an action film, this movie may have a fairly simplistic plot line and a few implausible events but it's primarily about the sort of awful decisions men sometimes have to make in war and the actors all do an admirable job of conveying different reactions to the consequences of a bad call. Particularly good is Glenn Ford as a commander who finds himself risking the lives of his own wife and child for the greater good. Ernest Borgnine is as always superb as his first officer and best friend and the very personal events unfolding in front of the entire crew give an excellent example of how an extremely insular environment like a submarine can be, while still stripping everyone on board of the luxury of privacy. The setting--World War II, and a hunt for an infamous Japanese aircraft carrier--are handled well and if details aren't 100%, it is no less accurate than most Hollywood submarine films, with an interesting personal tone amidst the technical and Navy confines.
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