During the Cold War, a scientific team refits a Japanese submarine and hires an ex-Navy officer to find a secret Chinese atomic island base and prevent a Communist plot against America that could trigger WW3.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Although by this point Sidney Poitier had been making films for 15 years, this was the first film he made in which his race was neither mentioned nor relevant. See more »
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 »
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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