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Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (1991)

True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial.

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Capt. Charles Butler McVay
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Lieutenant Steven Scott
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Lipscombe
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Kinderman
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D'Angelo
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Hashimoto
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Tasker
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Dobson
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Goldstein
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Major Green
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True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial.

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Captain McVey was posthumously pardoned by President Bill Clinton in his last days in office. See more »

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After the Indianapolis delivers the atomic bomb to Tinian, there is a shot of a B-29 with "Enola Gay" painted on its nose. This was the airplane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. In reality, the name was not painted on this aircraft until the day before the mission. See more »

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Hashimoto: Captain. You are a man who believes in fate?
Capt. Charles Butler McVay: No. I'm a man who was trying to except it.
Hashimoto: It is not easy being a survivor.
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Edited from Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb (1980) See more »

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Not bad as "True Story" Movies go
4 August 2003 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

This film is nicely filmed, though probably purposefully has the feel and look (and dialog) of a movie made in the 50s or 60s. Since the beginning and end are set in the 60s, I suspect that it was done on purpose. Scenes on the Indianapolis are fairly well done. The acting is a little stiff throughout, which is mostly due to a rather dry, stiff dialog and unimaginative script. They do manage to get the viewer steamed up at the Navy at the Court Marshall of Captain McVay. The film leaves a bit to be desired, but the saddest part of the tale is that the horror is true and teh abhorent behavior of the US Navy was unforgivable, even as of 1991. I have no idea whether the record or memory of McVay has been cleared since, but it certainly should be. The film makes a strong statement about the horrible costs of war.


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