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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:
Good Ship Movie 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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: Opening scenes are live action shots of a British-type destroyer with British markings. Model sequences show a US type destroyer.See more »
Quotes:
Captain Finlander:He didn't surface during the night, he couldn't, we must've been directly over him. So he's out of breathing air. Staying down, he couldn't charge his batteries, so he can't run. And there he is. So you see, Commodore, we've accomplished the most important step. We've made him desperate.
Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke, Deutsche Marine:He's certainly desperate. That is the danger. You are dealing with a desperate force.
Captain Finlander:And we're a determined force.
Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke, Deutsche Marine:YOU are in the power here, Eric. It is not a force, it is just you.
Captain Finlander:Uh, you mean you're trying to say that, uh, you consider ME desperate.
[...]
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FAQ

Is the Bedford a real ship?
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32 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Good Ship Movie, 9 February 2004
Author: jglapin (jglapin@netscape.net) from Costilla, NM

I saw this film when it was released in the mid 1960s, again on VHS over the years and finally on satelite television. It holds up very well. The theme of obsession in the line of duty is as relevant today as it was when Melville wrote "Moby Dick". The acting is excellent. Hats off to Eric Portman as the West German Navy commodore advisor in submarine warfare. He sort of reprises his roles in the "49th Parallel" and "We Dive at Dawn". He is one Englishman who portrays a great German. Martin Balsam does his usual excellent work as the under appreciated ship's doctor. This also contains yet another of Sydney Poitier's race neutral rolls. Very revolutionary for the mid 1960s ("Lillies of the Field" being another).

The ship model and iceberg scenes seem a bit dated in this digital graphics era but I shudder with cold every time I there is an exterior scene. I sailed in Greenland waters once and I know what is feels like on that grey ocean under that grey sky.

Clearly, this is British production. One interior shot of the ship shows a rack of Enfield rifles, already obsolete by the time this film was made. Not a problem really.

The suspense and tesnion hold up well after several viewings and the inevitable ending is, well, inevitable.

If you did not grow up during the Cold War this film will have less impact than living with the bomb ("The bomb, Alexi, the Hydrogen bomb..." oh, that was another cold war film).

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