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Submarine X-1 (1969)

 -  War | Drama  -  23 June 1969 (Sweden)
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After losing a submarine and fifty crew in a battle with a German ship during WWII, a Royal Navy officer gets a second chance in a daring raid with midget subs.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Commander Bolton
David Sumner ...
Lt. Davies R.N.V.R
Norman Bowler ...
Sub. Lt. Pennington
Brian Grellis ...
C.P.O. Barquist
Paul Young ...
Leading Seaman Quentin
William Dysart ...
Lt. Gogan R.N.R.
John Kelland ...
Sub. Lt. Willis R.N.V.R.
Kenneth Farrington ...
C.P.O. Boker Knowles
Keith Alexander ...
Sub. Lt. X-3
Carl Rigg ...
C.P.O. Kennedy
Steve Kirby ...
Leading Seaman X-2
...
Leading Seaman X-1 (as Nicholas Tate)
George Pravda ...
Captain Erlich
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After losing a submarine and fifty crew in a battle with a German ship during WWII, a Royal Navy officer gets a second chance in a daring raid with midget subs. Written by Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

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3 Man Subs Vs 3,000 Man Battleship.... and the secret punch that ambushed a Nazi Armada

Genres:

War | Drama

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

23 June 1969 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Sous-Marin X-1  »

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Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film's 'Submarine X-1' title refers to the X class submarine which was a real World War II midget submarine class built for the Royal Navy during the 1943-44 period. The mini-subs were also known as X-Craft. See more »

Goofs

When Quentin drops the bolt cutters as he's trying to cut through the submarine net during practice, and the sub tries and fails to ram trough the partially cut net, Quentin is briefly shown right after the sub gets stuck and he's still holding the bolt cutters even though he had just dropped them and had no time to swim down and retrieve them. The cutters were shown dropping a good 50 yards when he dropped them. See more »

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Not bad for a B movie
7 August 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Remember, it's a B movie from 1968--before the days of computer graphics, Star Wars and the like. As such it's an entertaining ninety minute war movie. There's no sex, no nudity, no swearing. You can watch it with your kids.

It's an old fashioned good guys triumph movie. What spoiled it a bit for me were some of the factual inaccuracies. In particular, the scuba equipment is 1968 issue, not WWII. The actors are using modern single stage compressed air scuba gear. Besides not being available in WWII, it would have been a dead give away. If anyone has seen the bubbles on the surface such gear causes, you'd know stealth is not the word you'd use.

In WWII they used double hose, oxygen re-breathing apparatus. No air was released into the water so there were no air bubbles to give away the whereabouts of the diver. As well, in WWII, the divers used goggles rather than face masks.

The second inaccuracy was the commander's hat. It was not a naval hat but a guards regimental hat with its visor coming down over the eyes of the wearer--the brim on a naval officer's hat was much narrower and higher enabling him to see out across the sea.

In spite of this, I enjoyed it.


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