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Sink the Bismarck! (1960)

Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 11 February 1960 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Captain Shepard
Anne Davis
Captain Lindemann (as Carl Mohner)
First Sea Lord
Geoffrey Keen ...
Karel Stepanek ...
Commander in Chief (King George V)
Maurice Denham ...
Commander Richards
Captain Banister
Captain (Prince of Wales)
Jack Watling ...
Signals Officer
Captain (King George V) (as Jack Gwillam)
Mark Dignam ...
Captain (Ark Royal)
Ernest Clark ...
Captain (Suffolk)
Captain (Sheffield)


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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(archive footage)|

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


To increase the sense of realism, or "documentary feel", for this film, Edward R. Murrow was cast as himself. Murrow was one of the most famous and respected broadcast journalists of the era. He had covered the war in Europe, including the North Atlantic, and used his famous catchphrase "This is London...". Murrow also shot introductory footage for the film's trailer. See more »


When HMS Suffolk first spots the Bismarck, her captain sends a signal in which he gives Bismarck's course as South. When this signal is received in the Admiralty, this has changed to South-West. See more »


Civilian Worker on Prince of Wales: Fancy me fighting Germans on the high seas!
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON MAY 1941 See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera vs. Zigra (1991) See more »

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I'm happy that I'm not a naval warfare expert.....
6 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

and could just watch and enjoy the movie without analyzing it. That's what movies were originally for - entertainment and enjoyment. I don't know if the special effects were great for the time or not, but they looked enough like the real thing for me. Great naval battle scenes and the acting was perfect for the times portrayed of the 1940's and the real way that military people are mostly low key in planning discussions and carrying out their duties. All very believable scenes with the flavor of the way it really was even in portions that were added to entertain (when history takes a back seat to entertainment). Kenneth More showed his versatility in excelling in such a serious part and Dana Wynter very professional. I don't know why she didn't become a larger name here in the States with such pure beauty, grace and honest acting ability. By coincidence I just saw her in another movie In Love And War where she played a totally different type of part and nailed it great. Anyway, if you haven't seen Sink The Bismarck, then by all means give it a gander. It is time well spent for not only those who enjoy naval movies, but good drama films as well.

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