The Sinking of the Laconia (2010)

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Documentary telling the true story of the sinking of the liner Laconia by a German U-boat in 1942 through the eyes of six survivors.

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 Thomas Mortimer (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Werner Hartenstein (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Hilda (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Admiral Dönitz (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Captain Sharp (2 episodes, 2011)
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 William Williams (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Henry Bates (2 episodes, 2011)
Josef Du Plessis ...
 Anthony Bates (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Charlotte Bates (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Remmert (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Walter Drexler (2 episodes, 2011)
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 Additional Voices (2 episodes, 2011)
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Part one:- In 1942,the Laconia,an old British cruise liner turned troop ship, is returning to Liverpool from Egypt with civilian passengers and Italian prisoners. Its guns are outdated, its captain, Sharp, lost his last ship and the Italians, unhappy at being caged below the water line, are tormented by their Polish guards. Third officer Mortimer learns that his family have been killed in an air raid and seeks comfort with Hilda Smith, a mysterious widow who seems to have visited Germany recently. At that moment the ship is torpedoed by a German U-boat, whose humane captain, Kapitanleutnant Werner Hartenstein, learning that the Laconia was not a warship, decides to rescue the survivors, bringing some into the submarine and towing others in life-boats. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Thank you for this movie!
22 April 2013 | by (slovenia) – See all my reviews

This documentary - drama was a great thing to show to the main public. The idea of being noble and humane in the midst of a war is quite unusual and it should have been stressed out more in order to make humans aware in such a way. This kind of situations are extraordinary, and they happen only occasionally, under special circumstances. I hope more movies would be made in such honorable manners to encourage people of this planet to be just like this or better. The media has this power, and I wish it was used more in this way! Thank you for making this movie, I'd rate it min. 7,5 if I was asked. And all this nationality preferences and it's discredits are just what the war is all about, I sincerely hope we soon become what we pretend to be. Big respect for the captain and I hope we aspire to such deeds!


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