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A Glimpse of Hell (2001)

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

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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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Disappointing and erroneous
14 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would have to agree with the majority that the Navy erred in the investigation and subsequent findings, be it from Old Boy mentality or just covering your six.

But I must disagree on the quality of this 'movie', the acting, props, dialogue, costumes, writing and directing.

First, and most obvious, all concerned had little information of the Naval Service, protocols or traditions.

Second, all concerned didn't bother finding a Navy adviser to point out a few things (previously mentioned) about officers, enlisteds, chiefs and shipboard life - a step that would have paid off handsomely.

Finally, although I was unable to locate proof online, I believe this tripe led to the series JAG.

In my twenty-four years of service, I witnessed many things and have to agree that the Old Boy stuff does occur, but what the writers have officers and chiefs doing is - land-lubberly and un-informed.

One final note: during the epilogue, the narrator states the ship was awarded a Navy Unit Citation, and that the medals were never delivered

  • true! A citation is a letter, entered into the man's service jacket.


There is no medal to present, or to receive.


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