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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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Lt. George Dixon
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Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard
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Lt. Alexander
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Simkins (as Christopher Bauer)
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Capt. Pickering
Michael Dolan ...
Becker
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Collins
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Wicks
Jeff Mandon ...
Miller
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Ronald White
Jack Baun ...
Ridgeway
Kevin Robertson ...
Carlson
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Dixon's Wife
Jon Huffman ...
Indian Chief Captain
Dane Ritter ...
Beauregard's Aide
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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 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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Since the film was made prior to the recovery of the actual HL Hunley, some details of the ship shown in the film are not accurate. Also, the mock-up which was used for interior scenes was 10% roomier than the actual Hunley. A section of the mock-up can be seen, and entered, at the HL Hunley Restoration site in Charleston, SC. See more »

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

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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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