The Hunley (1999)

TV Movie  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  11 July 1999 (USA)
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CSS Hunley tells the incredible true story of the crew of the manually propelled submarine CSS Hunley, during the siege of Charleston of 1864. It is a story of heroism in the face of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. George Dixon
Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard
Lt. Alexander
Simkins (as Christopher Bauer)
Capt. Pickering
Michael Dolan ...
Jeff Mandon ...
Frank Vogt ...
Ronald White
Kevin Robertson ...
Dixon's Wife
Jon Huffman ...
Indian Chief Captain
Dane Ritter ...
Beauregard's Aide


CSS Hunley tells the incredible true story of the crew of the manually propelled submarine CSS Hunley, during the siege of Charleston of 1864. It is a story of heroism in the face of adversity, the Hunley being the first submersible to sink an enemy boat in time of war. It also relates the human side of the story relating the uncommon and extaordinary temperament of the 9 men who led the Hunley into history and died valiantly accomplishing this feat. Written by Anonymous

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The story about the gold coin carried by Lt. Dixon is true. At the Battle of Shiloh, the gold coin saved his life by blocking a bullet; the dented coin, engraved with the date of the battle, was found in his remains, which had a leg wound. See more »


The double eagle Dixon's wife gives him is accurate for the period but the image is backwards. See more »


Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard: And what about you, Dixon? What did you lose in this war besides a good chunk of your leg? Your wife. I do not wish to be... indiscreet, but I have heard the story. She was on a ferry boat that went down in the Tennessee River - hit by a torpedo... that drifted in from God knows where. How can you bear that?
Lt. George Dixon: I read you lost your wife, sir. I'm sure it pains you to talk about that.
Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard: On the contrary. It helped me to get rid of the trappings of sentiment. She died... giving birth to my daughter. ...
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Remake of The Great Adventure: The Hunley (1963) See more »


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Superb historical drama - 10 out of 10. See it!
7 August 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If you're an American Civil War buff (or not) you should see this film. The sets, uniforms etc are superb for a TV movie - better than some huge budget films - how did they do it! The submarine appears to an actual working metal sub - it probably isn't but that's the power of good set design. The drama is also enthralling, some very disturbing scenes you won't forget for a while - this was a brutal war and nothing is papered over to protect the viewer. The acting is what stands out though, Armand Assante is a revelation as the haunted Confederate Officer going through the motions of the war, hardly focusing on what he's fighting for anymore. Donald Sutherland adds weight of course, but the lesser known actors are the real surprise. At times you actually think you're there in 1864, it grips you and keeps you there until the end. My only criticism - where Oh where is the DVD!!?

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