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Ironclads (1991)

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

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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
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Betty Stuart
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Catesby Jones
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Leslie Harmon (as Reed Edward Diamond)
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Lt. Guilford
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Leon B. Stevens ...
Capt. Franklin Buchanan
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Lt. Joe Smith Jr.
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Blossom
Beatrice Bush ...
Opal
Conrad McLaren ...
Burt Edwards ...
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Phil Whiteway ...
Cmdr. Davis
Carl Jackson ...
Cletus
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A naval battle between two large ships: the "Monitor" and the "Merrimack".

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A ferro e fuoco  »

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The Monitor and the Merrimack were recreated in models one third of their actual size, and the battle scenes between them were filmed in the big tank at Pinewood Studios, England. See more »

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

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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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Very Good Film On Rare Civil War Episode
5 September 2013 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

That was a very interesting episode in the US Civil War when two huge ironclads, Merrimack and Monitor, clashed nearby the Cpnfederate coast, where the Union Navy was blockading the land. This TV film is rather simple as for special effects, but still, they are very well done for this decent take. Virginia Madsen is a real gem here, she is extremely feminine, beautiful, but also very smart, brave, cool and courageous in spite of all the danger, even gallows. The plot itself is very good, too, and it is a pity that the film is not long enough to make it a longer, better, greater epic a la Gettysburg. Even that, Ironclads is a very good piece of work. The scene of execution of a spy is a real powerful moment, showing real courage and valor, and the main sea battle is tense, terse, brutal, fast and ferocious, just as any real battle is. The Black slaves characters are very sympathetic, too, with Beatrice Bush really shining as Opal. The whole movie is never boring, and really very deep in depicting both sides of the war. Why only 8? Not enough character development, still, and some scenes were made real cheap.


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