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Torpedo Run (1958)

Approved | | Drama, War | 11 January 1959 (UK)
A submarine commander is forced to blow up a Japanese ship with prisoners.

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Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Richard Sale (screenplay), William Wister Haines (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Lt. Cmdr. Barney Doyle
Ernest Borgnine ... Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan
Diane Brewster ... Jane Doyle
Dean Jones ... Lt. Jake 'Fuzz' Foley
L.Q. Jones ... 'Hash' Benson
Philip Ober ... Adm. Samuel Setton
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Cmdr. Don Adams
Fredd Wayne ... Orville 'Goldy' Goldstein
Don Keefer ... Ens. Ron Milligan
Robert Hardy ... Lt. Redley
Paul Picerni ... Lt. Burt Fisher
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Storyline

The commander of an American submarine during World War II sets out to destroy the Japanese Aircraft carrier which launched the attack on Pearl Harbour. His wife and child have been captured by the Japanese and they are using them and other prisoners of war as human shields for the carrier. Written by Daniel Bruce <danielb@genasys.com.au>

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The greatest submarine picture of them all !

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Drama | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell Below See more »

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Like some well known actresses who favored being photographed from the left side, Glenn Ford likewise adheres to this regimen, filmed from the left, but lit from the right, throughout the film, from beginning to end. See more »

Goofs

The first ship they sunk is accomplished with one torpedo. American torpedoes, until well into the war, were so unreliable (50% or less) that it was typical to launch 3 or 4 torpedoes at each target to ensure that at least one would hit the target, but more importantly that one would explode upon hitting the target. Returning from patrol having fired 18 torpedoes and sinking 4 ships was not unusual. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Redley: Sir, may I say something?
Lt. Cmdr. Barney Doyle: If there's time.
Lt. Redley: One night in the Kattegat, German U-boats chased us into a mine field, and... we made them think they'd killed us by exploding one of their own mines.
Orville 'Goldy' Goldstein: With what, good wishes?
Lt. Redley: No, we were saving those. We used our stern tubes, sir.
[long pause]
Lt. Cmdr. Barney Doyle: Stern tubes, stand by.
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Opening credits prologue: SOUTH PACIFIC 1942 See more »

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The Most Realistic Submarine Movie Out There
23 June 2004 | by nabor7See all my reviews

Having served in submarines for six years, and having seen every submarine movie possible, TORPEDO RUN is the most realistic movie yet. The submarine interior including the conning tower brought back a lot of memories. The crew terminology and actions were true to form. The gliches were few but only a submarine historian or WWII veteran would pick up on most of them. The opening scene of the ship in the periscope is not the same ship shown a few seconds later in actual footage being sunk. Also in 1942-1943 torpedo reliability was low and very seldom would only one be fired. I doubt that if a Captain would have known there were prisoners aboard a transport would the chance be taken as Barney Doyle took. At least one transport was really sunk carrying prisoners, but it was not marked as such and it was proceeding as a normal transport. All in all this is my favorite sub movie and I enjoyed every minute if it. Some seem to think it drags on and the story line is to simplistic. That's how it was. A sub's duty was to sink enemy shipping and there would be days of boredom followed by hours of gut wrenching tension amid depth charging, and constantly being chased under by aircraft. I highly recommend TORPEDO RUN.


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