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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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Director:
Writers:
Mark Rascovich (novel)
James Poe (screenplay)
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Release Date:
12 November 1965 (Japan) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Now...In the North Atlantic...High Adventure in the High Naval Tradition from the Company That Gave You "The Caine Mutiny"! See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
User Reviews:
A simply wonderful, chilling film that doesn't even seem that dated See more (54 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 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. (as Gary Cockerell in closing credits)
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
James B. Harris .... producer (as A James B. Harris and Richard Widmark Production)
Denis O'Dell .... associate producer
Richard Widmark .... producer (as A James B. Harris and Richard Widmark Production)
 
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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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:
Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events, or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The elapsed time clock ticks over from 23:59 to 0:00, but in later scenes it shows 24:02, etc.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Some Call It History (2015) (V)See more »

FAQ

Is the Bedford a real ship?
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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A simply wonderful, chilling film that doesn't even seem that dated, 2 January 2006
Author: journalismpro from United States

The film contains one (or more) of the great character studies of its period--and indeed, is one of the few films that can sustain itself principally on character interaction, irrespective of plot (and the plot itself builds steady tension, a la Hunt for Red October). The pacing is brilliant, the acting is top-shelf, the claustrophobic shipboard mood is electrifying, the escalating, multi-tiered sense of confrontation between the key characters is riveting, and the payoff--though admittedly predictable, by the time you get there--is effective and unnerving nevertheless, especially if one is able to toggle back to the Cold War mentality that birthed this film.

I too was a bit put off by the studied and self-conscious Widmark reactions at two or three points in the film--the tactic becomes a well to which Widmark/Lumet go back at least twice too often (the last time, I found myself almost wanting to scream, "We GET it!"). But that's a very small price to pay for the overall cinematic genius (not too strong a word) of this movie. The script alone--in particular the climactic riposte Portman delivers unto the increasingly pathological Widmark towards the end of the film--is a masterwork rivaled by few other films of the era (or any era, for that matter). If you've seen the film, you know the line to which I'm referring. If you haven't seen the film, do yourself a favor and rectify that shortcoming.

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