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The Bedford Incident (1965)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  12 November 1965 (Japan)
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An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Captain Eric Finlander U.S.N.
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Ben Munceford
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Ensign Ralston (as James Macarthur)
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Lieut Cmdr. Chester Potter, M.D., U.S.N.
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Seaman Merlin Queffle
Eric Portman ...
Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke Deutsche Marine
Michael Kane ...
Commander Allison Executive Officer - Bridge
Colin Maitland ...
Seaman Jones - Bridge
Paul Tamarin ...
Seaman 2nd Class - Bridge
Frank Lieberman ...
Seaman 1st Class - Bridge
James Caffrey ...
Seaman 1st Class - Bridge
Burnell Tucker ...
Seaman 1st Class - Bridge
Michael Graham ...
Lieutenant Krindlemeyer U.S.N. - Bridge
Bill Edwards ...
Lieutenant Hazelwood U.S.N. - Bridge
Stephen Schreiber ...
Seaman 2nd Class - Bridge (as Stephen Von Schreiber)
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Storyline

Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub in the depths and the captain begins a relentless pursuit, pushing his crew to the breaking point. This one's grim tension to the end. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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The cold war just got hotter. See more »

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12 November 1965 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Zwischenfall im Atlantik  »

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Trivia

As the actions of the Captain become more obsessive, Munceford tells him "You're not chasing whales now!" This is a reference to Captain Ahab, the single-minded whaling captain in "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville, whose obsession leads to the destruction of his crew, and on whom the character of Captain Finlander was ultimately based. See more »

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Photojournalist Poiter is shown with both Nikon & Pentax 35mm cameras around his neck at the same time. A real photographer might use two cameras with different angle lens but he would not use cameras with mutually exclusive mounting systems, in this case bayonet & screw mount. This would prevent lens interchangeability on the two camera bodies and flexibility with any additional lens available. See more »

Quotes

Commodore Schrepke: That permission specifically said "if the sub is still in territorial waters", is that not so?
Captain Finlander: A matter of interpretation, Commodore.
Commodore Schrepke: But the Russian is in international waters. The ocean is free, my captain.
Captain Finlander: Yeah, so it is.
Commodore Schrepke: So you have lost your opportunity. It was magnificent -
Captain Finlander: Look, if I catch a man robbing my house and he makes a break for the street, do I let him go just because he made it to the sidewalk?
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Authentic, tense cold war drama
10 February 2004 | by (South Carolina) – See all my reviews

Having served aboard this very class of ship during the late 60's and early 70's, I can attest that the events, from a technical standpoint, are frighteningly real. The Queeg-like personality of the Captain is a bit of a stretch, but the events in the movie come right out of the battle plans of the Navy (at the time).

The tension of the situation is palpable. Even at the time, the outcome was in doubt, but the outcome was believable. It still is.


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