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Sink the Bismarck! (1960)

Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 11 February 1960 (USA)
The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship.

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Captain Shepard
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Anne Davis
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Captain Lindemann (as Carl Mohner)
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First Sea Lord
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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)
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Captain (Ark Royal)
Ernest Clark ...
Captain (Suffolk)
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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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$1,330,000 (estimated)
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In the movie the fleet is ordered to proceed under the assumption that the Bismark is going to Brest, this is shown as a hunch from Captain Sheppard. This is actually not true as that information was provided to the Admiralty by the code breakers in Bletchley Park. However the movie came out in 1960 and that information was not declassified until the mid 70's so there was no way for them to know it at the time. See more »

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The film shows Capt. Lindemann dying on the Bismarck's bridge when it is struck by a British shell; however, many survivors recalled seeing him standing near the bow of the Bismarck as she rolled over and sank. See more »

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Captain John Leach: [after the sinking of HMS Hood] Yeoman... Make to Admiralty from Prince of Wales. Tell them... Tell them the Hood has blown up.
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON MAY 1941 See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mighty Jack (1991) 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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