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A Glimpse of Hell (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 18 March 2001
A Navy officer tries to set the record straight, after the Navy blames a 1989 explosion aboard the U.S.S. Iowa on a homosexual affair between two sailors.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Capt. Fred Moosally
Lt. (j.g.) Dan Meyer
PO Dale Mortensen
Kendall Truitt
Admiral Langlett
Clay Hartwig
MCPO Ziegler (as Alan C. Peterson)
Bill MacDonald
Ken James ...
Adm. Chapin
Agent Flynn
Donald Meyer
Gunner's Mate Tim Sykes


USNavy Ensign (Lieutenant junior grade) Dan Meyer feared a non-flying officer's career prospects -like his- aren't brilliant but tries to excel at his assignment, in charge of gun turret 1 on the battle ship USS Iowa, which sees action in every major war. When the crew tell him the budget never goes to necessary repairs and improvements on the 50 years old ship, he takes his Navy-retired father Donald's advice to file a detailed report above the well-connected captain Fred Moosally's head. When master chief Skelley, the ship's liaison with HQ, asks Meyer to execute artillery experiments which can impress the brass he eagerly accepts against objections from the crewmen, especially Petty Officer Dale Mortensen; the first test successfully sets a record. Alas the second, in turret 2, goes terribly wrong: an explosion destroys the turret and kills 47 sailors, which seals the fate of 16 inch-guns till further notice. Meyer protests in vain when evidence is willfully destroyed 'to spare the... Written by KGF Vissers

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Tragedy. Cover-up. Truth.



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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images of explosion aftermath, thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »


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18 March 2001 (USA)  »

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The Captain refers to himself as a 'soldier' rather than a 'sailor' while talking to the officers of the ship. See more »

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Although Being Made for Movie, It Is a Great Movie
24 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

In 1989, in the USS Iowa, while performing an experimental training, an explosion in tower 2 kills forty-seven militaries. The US Navy looks for a scapegoat, and accuses one officer of being gay and provoking the explosion, trying to commit suicide. Lt. Dan Meyer (Robert Sean Leonard) gives a honest testimony in the investigation, but the truth is hidden by his superiors. In the end, the Capt. Fred Moosally (James Caan) of the USS Iowa cleans his officer's name. Although being made for TV, this is a surprisingly good movie. The direction is sharp and the cast has a great performance. Very recommended, since it hooks the attention of the viewer until the last scene. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): `Vestígio do Inferno' (`Vestige of Hell')

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