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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Captain Shepard
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Anne Davis
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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Esmond Knight, who plays the captain of the HMS Prince of Wales, actually served as an officer on board her and was injured during the battle. See more »

Goofs

In the final battle between King George V and Rodney with the Bismarck, the movie shows that Bismarck begins the shooting. In the real battle the British starts the shooting and Bismarck responded several minutes later. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Captain Jonathan Shepard: [walking into broad daylight] Great heavens! It's nine o'clock in the morning! And I asked you out to dinner.
Anne Davis: We could always make it breakfast, couldn't we?
Captain Jonathan Shepard: Of course.
[exeunt, passing two ratings]
Able Seaman: 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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Opening credits prologue: LONDON MAY 1941 See more »

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Gripping wartime British naval drama
28 May 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie is a well crafted and gripping depiction of British attempts to locate and destroy the German battleship Bismarck during World War II. It is told from the viewpoint of sailors aboard vessels from both sides and also the British naval command headquarters. I have little knowledge of naval history so am in no position to comment regarding historical accuracy.

Personally, I found most compelling the strategy and tension within the Admiralty War Headquarters in London, especially the personal depiction of the coordinator of this operation. Kenneth More convincingly plays Captain Jonathan Shepard, who lost his own wife earlier in an air raid and has a son who is himself a naval pilot involved in the battle to sink the Bismarck. Shepard's relationship with the lovely but very professional female naval officer Davis is well captured. There is also a moving portrait of Shepard's restrained response to unfolding news regarding his son. Though there is engaging battle drama at sea, it's the character portrayal of this stiff upper lip British officer that made the movie for me.


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