Chronicles the breakout of the Bismarck during the early days of World War Two. Seen both from the point of view of the many naval vessels on both sides and from the central headquarters of the British where the search for the super battleship was controlled. Written by
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The producers knew that the use of miniatures and explosions would have to look very realistic to be successful. They hired Howard Lydecker, one of the legendary Lydecker brothers--the other was Theodore Lydecker--who were generally considered to be the best special effects team in the industry. They had spent decades perfecting their craft at Republic Pictures. See more »
When the Bismarck is sinking an officer reports to Lindemann that only 'A Turret' is operable. However, moments before we saw one of the first hits destroy the forward turret ('Anton' in the Kriegsmarine.) See more »
Captain Jonathan Shepard:
[walking into broad daylight]
Great heavens! It's nine o'clock in the morning! And I asked you out to dinner.
We could always make it breakfast, couldn't we?
Captain Jonathan Shepard:
[exeunt, passing two ratings]
You know, Harvey, these boys worry me. Four stripes on 'is arm, and he don't know what time of the day it is.
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For starters, this picture was thankfully filmed in black and white. This is only appropriate for gray colored ships shooting it out in the North Atlantic. The performers were, for the most part, convincing. The movie got a little risky by using a fictional character (played by Kenneth More) for the lead role, and delving a bit into his personal life. But it didn't get out of hand. The movie takes just the right amount of time in developing and depicting the important events in the eight day life of the Bismarck. I got the feeling that I was actually there and watching these events take place. The movie is essentially accurate, based on accounts I have read in books; including one by the highest ranking German survivor. The depiction of the destruction of the British battle cruiser Hood was not exactly accurate, but I would rank that a minor point. Getting the ship used in the movie to blow up the same way the Hood would probably have been more trouble than it was worth. The bottom line is the ship was destroyed and only three crew members survived.
This movie is an excellent, no-nonsense portrayal of the short and dramatic life of the legendary German battleship Bismarck.
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