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Director:
Writers:
Mark Rascovich (novel)
James Poe (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 December 1965 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The cold war just got hotter. See more »
Plot:
An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
User Reviews:
Tension filled drama See more (53 total) »

Cast

  (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 von 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
Leslie Hammond .... sound recordist
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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Runtime:
102 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
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)

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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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): After shooting down the doctor's plans for the crew, Captain Finlander lowers a brace holding books on a shelf to hand a few of them to the doctor. He doesn't return the brace to its secure position to hold the books - even as they are going to General Quarters status.See more »
Quotes:
[after Finlander orders an anti-submarine rocket armed]
Commodore Schrepke:This is insane!
Captain Finlander:Now don't worry, Commodore. The Bedford'll never fire first. But if he fires one, I'll fire one.
Ensign Ralston:[launching the rocket] Fire One!
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Is the Bedford a real ship?
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24 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Tension filled drama, 10 May 2001
Author: GeneralB from USA

This movie is a cold war tale of an American destroyer hunting a Soviet submarine. The tension builds up wonderfully throughout the film and eventually explodes, both on personnel and greater levels. Tension is present between the skilled but hard nosed captain(Richard Widmark) and a reporter sent aboard(Sidney Poitier). The captain also faces off against the ship's new doctor. Widmark and Poitier both give simply outstanding performances. This film is about them, not explosions or battle scenes. The supporting cast also gives fine performances, including Martin Balsam as the doctor and Eric Portman as a German submarine commander on board as an advisor. It has been said that this film inspired the recent production "Crimson Tide"(which I believe is much less impressive), and after watching you can see why. In turn, I think it is also possible that the producers and writers of "The Bedford Incident" were influenced by "Dr Strangelove" which came out the previous year. While this a drama, not a black comedy, there are some parallels.

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