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Sink the Bismarck! (1960)

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The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Captain Shepard
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Anne Davis
Carl Möhner ...
Captain Lindemann (as Carl Mohner)
Laurence Naismith ...
First Sea Lord
Geoffrey Keen ...
A.C.N.S.
Karel Stepanek ...
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Commander in Chief - King George V
Maurice Denham ...
Commander Richards
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Captain Banister
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Captain - Prince of Wales
Jack Watling ...
Signals Officer
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Captain - King George V (as Jack Gwillam)
Mark Dignam ...
Captain - Ark Royal
Ernest Clark ...
Captain - Suffolk
John Horsley ...
Captain - Sheffield
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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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Personal! Powerful! Human! Heroic!

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11 February 1960 (USA)  »

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'Bernard Lee (I) (Firing Officer) played James Bond's superior M in the first eleven Bond films from Dr. No (1962) to Moonraker (1979)_ while Robert Brown (Gunnery Officer on George V) succeeded him in the role in Octopussy (1983), A View to a Kill (1985), The Living Daylights (1987) and Licence to Kill (1989). See more »

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All scenes from all battleships show the same inside of the heavy gun turrets, just crews with different uniforms if it should be Bismarck. Furthermore, the anti-aircraft guns of the Bismarck are the typical "Pom Pom" mounts of British ships. Most likely original footage plus inside of the Vanguard, the last surviving battleship in Britain at the time of filming. See more »

Quotes

[to his assistant Anne Davis, after the battle]
Captain Jonathan Shepard: Take a message: "Request pleasure of the company of Second Officer Anne Davis at dinner."
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'Getting emotional about things is a peacetime luxury!'

Kenneth More plays the severe cold and uncompromising Captain Jonathan Shepard who has lost his wife in an air raid, and whose son is a naval pilot in the warfare against the Bismarck...

'Bismarck' is a super German battleship of World War II that had a short, but spectacular career...

Captain Shepard guides the distinguished campaign from the Admiralty War headquarters in London: The search, the course, the deploy and the destruction of the Bismarck under an archetype that said: 'Getting emotional about things is a peacetime luxury.'

The Bismarck's admiral (Karel Stepanek) is a Nazi officer characterized by emotional instability, presumptuous and overenthusiastic...

Sighted and bombarded by British battleships, the Bismarck is incapacitated and sunk by torpedoes on the morning of May 27, 1941.

Dana Wynter is the likable attractive lady naval officer, fitting in mood and attitude...

In the climax of the film and after the naval epic, Michael Hordern, the Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet, turns to his men and says: 'Let's go home, gentlemen!'

This exciting sea battle would have been better on a standard screen than in CinemaScope, as its ships were clearly 'models' using newsreels footage... Nevertheless, the film is an entertaining hunt, with good acting.

Beside the search and eventual sinking of the Bismarck, I would like to mention, that the personal drama of the British sailors increase the intensity of the picture's realism...


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