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The Bedford Incident -- Richard Widmark portrays the captain of a newly launched U.S. Destroyer who is obsessed with hunting down a particular Soviet submarine regardless of the great risks involved. His salty character clashes with a quick-witted journalist (Sydney Poiter) who is on board to cover the trip for a magazine.


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Mark Rascovich (novel)
James Poe (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 November 1965 (Japan) See more »
Now...In the North Atlantic...High Adventure in the High Naval Tradition from the Company That Gave You "The Caine Mutiny"! See more »
An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
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Authentic, tense cold war drama See more (54 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Widmark ... Captain Eric Finlander U.S.N.

Sidney Poitier ... Ben Munceford

James MacArthur ... Ensign Ralston (as James Macarthur)

Martin Balsam ... Lieut Cmdr. Chester Potter, M.D., U.S.N.

Wally Cox ... 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)
Ronald Rubin ... Seaman 1st Class - Bridge
Eugene Leonard ... Seaman 2nd Class - Bridge
Gary Cockrell ... Lieutenant Bascombe U.S.N. - C.I.C. (also as Gary Cockerell)
Roy Stephens ... Seaman 2nd Class - C.I.C.
George Roubicek ... Lieutenant Berger U.S.N. - C.I.C.
John McCarthy ... Seaman 1st Class - C.I.C.

Shane Rimmer ... Seaman 1st Class - C.I.C.
Glenn Beck ... Seaman 2nd Class - C.I.C. (as Glen Beck)

Brian Davies ... Lieutenant Beckman U.S.N. - Communications

Ed Bishop ... Lieutenant Hacker U.S.N. - Communications (as Edward Bishop)
Paul Carson ... Seaman 1st Class - Communications
Laurence Herder ... Petty Officer - Communications
Phil Brown ... Chief Hospitalman Mckinley - Sick Bay

Donald Sutherland ... Hospitalman Nerney - Sick Bay
Warren Stanhope ... Hospitalman Strauss - Sick Bay

Directed by
James B. Harris 
Writing credits
Mark Rascovich (novel)

James Poe (screenplay)

Produced by
Denis O'Dell .... associate producer
James B. Harris .... producer (uncredited)
Richard Widmark .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Gerard Schurmann 
Cinematography by
Gilbert Taylor (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Jympson 
Casting by
James Liggat 
Art Direction by
Arthur Lawson 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
Production Management
Victor Peck .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Clive Reed .... assistant director
Art Department
Lionel Couch .... associate art director
Sound Department
Les Hammond .... sound recordist (as Leslie Hammond)
Bob Jones .... sound recordist (as Robert Jones)
Winston Ryder .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Derek V. Browne .... camera operator (as Derek Browne)
Editorial Department
Roy Benson .... assistant editor
Pamela Tomling .... assistant editor
Music Department
Gerard Schurmann .... conductor
Other crew
Ian Cox .... technical advisor (as Lieut. Commander Ian Cox D.S.O. R.N. Rtd.)
Phyllis Crocker .... continuity
J.D. Ferguson .... technical advisor (as Capt. J. D. Ferguson U.S.N. Rtd.)
Crew believed to be complete

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102 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL | Norway:16 | Sweden:11 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1987) (2004) | USA:Approved | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

"Novosibirsk", the Russian submarine's escort ship (misspelled on its hull), is the name of an actual city in Russia. In English, the name translates to "New Siberia." This large city is located east of the Ural Mountains, in southern Siberia.See more »
Factual errors: Gary Cockrell is credited under that spelling in the opening credits but as "Gary Cockerell" in the closing credits.See more »
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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Referenced in Some Call It History (2015) (V)See more »


Is the Bedford a real ship?
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36 out of 46 people found the following review useful.
Authentic, tense cold war drama, 10 February 2004
Author: dweigle from South Carolina

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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