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Battle of the Coral Sea (1959)

 -  Drama | War | Action  -  November 1959 (USA)
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In 1942 submarine commander Jeff Conway secretly photographs Japanese aircraft carriers in the Coral Sea but his submarine is damaged and he's forced to surrender.

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Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Conway
Gia Scala ...
Karen Philips
Teru Shimada ...
Comm. Mori
Patricia Cutts ...
Lt. Peg Whitcomb
Gene Blakely ...
Lt. Len Ross
Rian Garrick ...
Al Schechter
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Yeoman Halliday
Robin Hughes ...
Maj. Jammy Harris
Gordon Jones ...
Torpedoman Bates
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In 1942 submarine commander Jeff Conway secretly photographs Japanese aircraft carriers in the Coral Sea.When his submarine is damaged Conway is forced to surrender to the Japanese.Taken to a Japanese interrogation camp Commander Conway and his submarine crew plan their escape.Their mission is dangerous but staying in the Japanese POW camp could be worse. Written by nufs68

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The most amazing saga of the most decisive battle in naval history ! See more »

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November 1959 (USA)  »

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Batalia din Marea Coralilor  »

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In Nov. 1959, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with The Crimson Kimono (1959). See more »

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Japanese frogmen are seen diving with scuba gear which were not invented until a year later in France and were not available to any navy during the war. See more »

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Deserves A Film Like The Longest Day
3 December 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Just in case you're wondering Battle Of The Coral Sea has absolutely nothing to do with the Pacific Allies engaging the Japanese Fleet from May 4 to 8, 1942. The title should not lead you to expect to get a film like The Longest Day or Midway which are factual docudramas about those battles. The Coral Sea battle does deserve such a film and maybe an American or Australian film maker will do such a film some day. This ain't it.

This is instead about Cliff Robertson and his submarine sent on a scouting expedition to find out Japanese intentions. They do find out, but the submarine is destroyed and Robertson and his crew are taken prisoner.

After that the film plot line is one of escape as Robertson, his surviving crew members and some Aussie prisoners are also looking to break out. Along for the ride is Gia Scala daughter of a French plantation owner who is Japanese speaking and serves as interpreter. She's surviving the best she can by coyly alleging Vichy sympathies.

What Robertson might have been doing is anyone's guess because we knew of Japanese intentions having broken the Japanese code. So the film is false on the face of it. Add to that Robertson's rather unbelievable escape, similar to Errol Flynn and his crew in Desperate Journey.

Hopefully one day we'll get the real story of the Coral Sea. Demand it rather than this be the film that purportedly tells it.


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