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Torpedo Run (1958)

Approved | | War, Drama | 11 January 1959 (UK)
A submarine commander is forced to blow up a Japanese ship with prisoners.

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Cast

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Lt. Cmdr. Barney Doyle
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Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan
Diane Brewster ...
Jane Doyle
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Lt. Jake 'Fuzz' Foley
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'Hash' Benson
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Adm. Samuel Setton
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Cmdr. Don Adams
Fredd Wayne ...
Orville 'Goldy' Goldstein
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Ens. Ron Milligan
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Lt. Redley
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Lt. Burt Fisher
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Storyline

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 Daniel Bruce <danielb@genasys.com.au>

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Torpedo los!  »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Archer 'Archie' Sloan's name is a likely reference to the U.S.S. Archerfish, which in 1944 sank the Japanese super-carrier Shinano, the largest warship ever sunk by a submarine. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sub Crewman: [standing waist-deep in freezing Aleutian water] Have you ever felt anything this cold?
Lt. Redley: Yes... Brighton in August.
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Opening credits prologue: SOUTH PACIFIC 1942 See more »

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Decent enough, fairly early, genre movie.
13 August 2007 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

The movie has a pretty interesting approach for '50's standards, by inserting lots of flashback sequences, with the home-front, that however also happen to be incredibly sappy. It does at parts make the movie a melodramatic one.

Submarine movies just never have been any of the best or most exciting, action packed movies because of their restraints, with a couple of well known exceptions of course. The movie has a good beginning but as it heads toward the ending the movie starts to drag and become less interesting, when the movie becomes more personal and gets filled with some more emotional aspects.

It even manages to put in a personal and family dramatic main plot-line in the movie. What an accomplishment for a submarine movie! Yes, it helps to make the movie more original and less formulaic but it also of course isn't the most interesting approach thinkable, especially not since it gets stretched out for the movie its entire duration.

The miniature effects were pretty good looking. I mean I have seen far worse, even from movies that were made much later. Although they are hard from convincing by todays standards of course.

Glenn Ford was a great choice for the main lead, as the tough looking but sensitive commander. Ernest Borgnine forms a good duo with him, as the submarine's lieutenant. The rest of the character remain mostly in the back.

A decent enough genre attempt.

7/10

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