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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
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)
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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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According to special effects cinematographer L.B. Abbott, the miniatures were photographed with spherical (non-anamorphic) lenses. This made it easier to force the perspective of the image to make the miniatures appear bigger and further apart. The conversion of the spherical footage to CinemaScope required the use of an optical printer with an anamorphic lens. This method of shooting with spherical lenses, yet converting the footage to anamorphic, is now commonly used and is called Super 35. See more »

Goofs

When Captain Shepard starts to write to his son, we have a glimpse of the inner room in his office showing a bed made up in there. Anne Davis comes in with a cup of tea. Moments later we get another glimpse of the inner room, but now it contains a desk and chairs, instead of the made-up bed. Shortly after this, Shepard asks for a bed to be made up in his office. See more »

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[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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" He's as cold as a witch's heart, yet I wish for a man with no heart at all "
11 January 2009 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

When making a film like, "Sink The Bismark" it benefits the audience when actual facts of the ship or the events are used in the final cut. This film does just that. It begins with the Christening and launching of the impressive German vessel, Bismark. The massive battleship which could easily cruise at 30 knots became the pride of Germany and quickly proved her military prowess when encountering the H.M.S. Hood. The Hood was the pride of the British Royal Navy with her Captain and select crew of 1,500 men were well seasoned and experienced. Yet on that fateful day of May 24th, 1941 the two ships came within 15 miles of each other. After several exchanged salvos, the Bismark with her compliment of 8 fifteen inch guns completely destroyed the British ship leaving only three survivors. This disastrous event is but one of the exceptional battle scenes, superbly recreated by Howard Lydecker and his special effects crew. To add to the creative storyline are the actors which give this movie a superior realism. Kenneth More as Captain Shepard, who along with his naval staff wage war against the Bismark from their underground command post in war-torn London, where Edward R. Murrow gives the world a blow by blow account of the desperate time. Dana Wynter plays Anne Davis, his able assistant. Carl Möhner is Captain Lindemann, the proud Captain of the Bismark with Karel Stepanek playing his immediate superior, Admiral Lutjens. Laurence Naismith plays the First Sea Lord. This a great film and should honor the Allies who gave so much when the world needed them. ****


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