Ironclads (1991)

TV Movie  |  Unrated  |   |  War  |  11 March 1991 (USA)
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A naval battle between two large ships: the "Monitor" and the "Merrimack".



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Betty Stuart
Catesby Jones
Leslie Harmon (as Reed Edward Diamond)
Lt. Guilford
Commdr. Smith
Leon B. Stevens ...
Capt. Franklin Buchanan
Lt. Joe Smith Jr.
Joanne Dorian ...
Beatrice Bush ...
Conrad McLaren ...
Burt Edwards ...
James Getty ...
Phil Whiteway ...
Cmdr. Davis
Carl Jackson ...


A naval battle between two large ships: the "Monitor" and the "Merrimack".

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A ferro e fuoco  »

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If you watch carefully during the opening credits, you will see a horse fall and the ride strike his head on the ground. That was not an effect but rather a real event where the rider suffered a head laceration and required transportation to a local hospital. There were multiple cameras used for that shot and they continued to roll for about 20 seconds to capture the explosion effects before medics were clear to assess and treat the rider. See more »


The U.S. sloop Cumberland is shown being destroyed by gunfire. In the actual battle it was sunk by ramming. See more »


Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: [after viewing the 'Monitor' concept] Well, gentlemen? Yes or no?
Commdr. Smith: We have information from Gosport that the 'Merrimack' will be ready to come out of the drydock in less than five months. No one can start from scratch and build us an ironclad in that short a time except Ericsson. He's promised to deliver us one within ninety days. On that basis, I say yes.
Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy: Commodore?
Union Officer: I agree with Commodore Smith.
Cmdr. Davis: I say take the thing home and worship it! It resembles nothing on the earth, or in the seas or in the...
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Battles true to history, but the rest trails off to preaching
12 July 1999 | by (Atlanta, Ga) – See all my reviews

The problem with making a movie like this, though, is that the finale, the crème-de-la-creme of the movie, the battle between the two souped-up ships, must be done well. Disappointingly, this scene in Ironclads is obviously done completely with little model ships in an overgrown tub. There's no tension, little explanation of what exactly is going on and what the timeframe is of the stand-off.

The film takes quite a few liberties with the surrounding story, as all true stories do when converted to a movie, such as the Union traitor and most notably that of Betty Stuart (Madsen), a Virginia belle.

It resorts to making a possibly-decent movie involving an interesting story on the ironclads to preaching about the evils of slavery. It was out of place in this historical drama, and was a cheap ploy to bring in the women viewers. It only succeeded in lessening the positives about the film.

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