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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:
best of its kind 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
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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:
Film debut of Burnell Tucker.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
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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FAQ

Is the Bedford a real ship?
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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
best of its kind, 14 January 2003
Author: bob wisener from United States

Channel surfing, I stumbled across this movie on TCM and must say, "Wow!" As a child during the Cold War, I remember the tension between America and Russia, which this film captures well -- at least from the U.S. perspective. Richard Widmark's performance tops that of Humphrey Bogart in "The Caine Mutiny," strawberries or not. Sidney Poitier fits his role like a glove -- the scene between Poitier and Widmark in the latter's cabin is splendidly acted, allowing the viewer to get inside Widmark's head while not giving away too much -- and Martin Balsam gives another example why he was one of the screen's greatest supporting actors. It's better than "Fail Safe," sparing us Henry Fonda's hysterics as president. The tension builds aboard ship until a breathtaking climax. One worth watching.

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Submarine class of 'Big Red'? saginaw1
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