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Under Ten Flags (1960)
"Sotto dieci bandiere" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  15 September 1960 (USA)
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This World War II story is told from the German point of view spotlighting the commander of a Nazi raider, disguised as a merchant ship and a British admiral.

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Captain Bernhard Rogge
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Admiral Russell
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Zizi (as Mylene Demongeot)
John Ericson ...
Krüger
Cecil Parker ...
Col. Howard
Folco Lulli ...
Paco
Alex Nicol ...
Knoche
Liam Redmond ...
Windsor
Eleonora Rossi Drago ...
Elsa
John Lee
Ralph Truman ...
Adm. Benson
Grégoire Aslan ...
Master of Abdullah (as Gregoire Aslan)
Peter Carsten ...
Lt. Mohr
Helmut Schmid
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Samuel Braunstein (as Gianmaria Volontè)
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This World War II story is told from the German point of view spotlighting the commander of a Nazi raider, disguised as a merchant ship and a British admiral.

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The ship, Abdullah, that caused so much consternation to the Atlantis is the fictional name for the British ship, Kemmendine. See more »

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Although this movie is supposed to be based on fact, the scene in which the spy breaks into the Germany Navy code room is fiction. In fact, the British code breakers at Bletchley Park had already broken the German codes and knew how to pinpoint Atlantis. However, to keep the Germans from knowing that the British had broken their codes, various cover stories were invented during the war. This error is not the fault of the film makers as this information was revealed to the general public until 1974, 14 years after this movie was made. See more »

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Great for history teachers....
24 April 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Under Ten Flags" may not be the most exciting war film ever made. It lacks the scope or star power of films like "The Guns of Navarone" or "The Eagle Has Landed". However, it more than makes up for it because unlike most war films, it's historically accurate--at least in all the major details. As a retired history teacher, I really, really appreciate that--as too many films play fast and loose with the facts. In this case, it's interesting enough that it didn't need a lot of embellishment.

The film is about a German ship that harassed British shipping in the Atlantic. It was able to do this so successfully because the ship appeared to be just another merchant ship. And, the title of the film is a comment about how the ship could quickly be changed to look like a boat from many different friendly nations. So, again and again, when British naval ships neared, the German craft changed appearances to make it seem quite innocuous. But, with torpedoes, guns and a crack crew, this was a very lethal ship. The problem for the British is that they needed to find it.

As for the captain of this German ship (played by Van Heflin), he was an interesting fellow. He was, foremost, a professional and not a Nazi party man. This made for many interesting moments in the film, as he tried to fight cleanly--in a manner that minimized deaths--especially to civilians. The contrast of this and some of his blood-thirsty Nazi crew was profound...and real.

Overall, a very interesting film because it was so unusual, thoughtful and well written. Well worth your time--especially if you want to see what WWII was really like.

By the way, being the history buff, I notice little details too--such as the striking blonde who is dressed and coiffed circa 1960--not WWII.


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