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 overview, first billed only:
Captain Shepard
Anne Davis
Carl Möhner ...
Captain Lindemann (as Carl Mohner)
Laurence Naismith ...
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)
John Horsley ...
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 <>

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Did You Know?


Dana Wynter, the actress who plays Officer Anne Davis, was actually born in Berlin as Dagmar Winter. See more »


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 »


[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 »


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Well done . . . with a major flaw
2 August 2002 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

The British have made war and historical movies with an unrivaled consistency of quality, and Sink the Bismarck is no exception. The details are meticulous, the casting first-rate (except for a hokey voice-impersonation of Churchill), and the battle sequences marked by accuracy and fine special effects.

This otherwise fine film is marred, however, by the false depiction of one of the major characters, Admiral Lutjens, commander of the Bismarck. In the film, he is stereotyped as the typical Nazi - a Hitler sycophant, careerist and wild-eyed fanatic. This was most certainly not the historical Lutjens, who was by no means a Nazi fanatic. Lutjens was a naval hero from World War I, who served out of duty and dedication, not Nazi conviction. (Lutjens protected Jews under his command, and members of his family were in trouble for their anti-Nazi views.) This is at complete odds with his depiction in Sink the Bismarck, which I find inexcusable, given that the above information was certainly available to the production. In fact, an accurate depiction of Lutjens would have, in my opinion, added interest to the plot.

Nevertheless, Sink the Bismarck is eminently watchable and a fine addition to any war movie collection, if you bear in mind the above caveat.

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