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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 »
Towards the end of the film, when the Grayfish is lying on the bottom, the captain urges the radioman to keep trying to contact the Bluefin (the other submarine) on the radio, and the radioman replies, "I'm broadcasting, sir," while he works his Morse Code key. The Bluefin eventually answers. Conventional radio signals will not penetrate underwater.
However, the QC sonar onboard WWII submarines was set up so that it could be used in conjunction with a straight key for Morse Code sonar pulses for emergency communication, so the scene depicted is plausible. 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 »
Glenn Ford is excellent as Barney Doyle, the war weary sub commander who has to make command decisions which will haunt him the rest of his life. The supporting cast is very good, especially Borgine as Arch, Doyle's second in command and best friend. The director, Joseph Pevney, does a good job of creating an atmosphere of tension as the Americans hunt down the prize of the Japanese fleet--the ship which ultimately costs Doyle his family. My favorite scene is when the American sub sneaks into Tokyo Bay in search of the Japanese carrier. Admittedly, Torpedo Run is not as gritty and intense as Das Boot, nor is it as action-packed as The Hunt For Red October, but in its own way it is on par with both of these fine films. If you like 1950s WWII movies or if you're a Glenn Ford fan, you can't miss with Torpedo Run. It's one of those movies I have to watch at least a couple of times each year.
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