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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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Hashimoto
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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 War and Remembrance (1988) See more »

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Horrible ordeal, great movie!
17 February 1999 | by (Calgary Alberta) – See all my reviews

Other than a mention about the mission of the Indianapolis in Spielberg's "Jaws", many people have never heard of the sacrifice made by the men who delivered the atom bomb, before it's final, inevitable destination in Hiroshima. The horrors of war are of course often portrayed in film, but man vs. nature is a rarer occurrence in war movie history. The scapegoat portrayal of Keech's character should remind us all that being in command is quite often more of a burden, than an honour. War history buffs should check out this flick, as it is well worth your while.


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