Detailed and fascinating documentary telling the history of the famous German battleship of World War II. The urgent British hunt and the German ship's efforts to escape are described ... See full summary »
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The opening shows actual newsreel footage of the Bismarck when it was launched in Hamburg, Germany, in 1939. See more »
Edward R. Murrow, who portrays himself in the film, was 33 years old in 1941, when the action takes place. By the time the film was made in 1960, he was 52, yet no attempt was made to make him look the age he actually was during the events in the movie. See more »
[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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Opening credits prologue: LONDON MAY 1941 See more »
'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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