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We Dive at Dawn (1943)

Not Rated | | Action , Drama , War | 28 June 1943 (UK)
All leave is canceled so that a British submarine can be sent after a new German warship. They chase it so far that they have no fuel to get home.

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

J.B. Williams (story), Val Valentine (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Mills ... Captain - Lt. Taylor, R.N.
Louis Bradfield Louis Bradfield ... First Officer - Lt. Brace, R.N.R.
Ronald Millar Ronald Millar ... Third Officer - Lt. Johnson, RNVR
Jack Watling ... Navigating Officer - Lt. Gordon, R.N.
Reginald Purdell Reginald Purdell ... Coxwain - C / P.O. Dabbs
Caven Watson Caven Watson ... Chief Engine Room Artificer - C / P.O. Duncan
Niall MacGinnis ... Torpedo Gunner's Mate - C / P.O. Mike Corrigan
Eric Portman ... On Hydrophones - L / S. Hobson
Leslie Weston Leslie Weston ... Leading Torpedo Operator - L / S Tug Wilson
Norman Williams Norman Williams ... Periscope Operator - 'Canada'
Lionel Grose Lionel Grose ... Torpedo Operator - 'Spud'
David Peel ... Helmsman - 'Oxford'
Philip Godfrey Philip Godfrey ... Steward - 'Flunkey'
Robert Wilton Jnr Robert Wilton Jnr ... Cook - 'Pincher' (as Robert Wilton)
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Storyline

The crew of HMS submarine Sea Tiger have their leave (and assorted family problems) cut short when they are recalled for a special mission: sink the new German battleship Brandenburg. En route, they learn that their target has entered the heavily defended Baltic; rather than fail, they follow it. Tension builds as they approach their target. After the attempt, escape seems impossible...unless they can refuel in enemy waters. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A Tense Drama Of Under-The-Sea Heroism !

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Action | Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

28 June 1943 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Mergulhamos ao Amanhecer See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the submarines used for this movie, the P615, was sunk in action a few months later. She was torpedoed by the U123 near Sierra Leone on 18 April 1943. All 44 crewmembers lost their lives. See more »

Goofs

The sub is submerged; the Captain is using the periscope to view a target. He then orders a 15 degree turn, but the Captain continues to view the target without moving the periscope to adjust for the turn. See more »

Quotes

Captain: [Last lines whie watching the arriving and departing submarines] One goes in, another one goes out, just like running a ruddy bus service.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: H. M. S. "Sea Tiger" See more »

Connections

Referenced in I See a Dark Stranger (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(a.k.a. "Here Comes the Bride" and "The Bridal Chorus") (uncredited) (1850)
Music by Richard Wagner
Arranged by Louis Levy
Heard on piano at Mike Corrigan's aborted wedding
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Lessons for today's directors
29 May 2015 | by jb07-660-944395See all my reviews

After watching American Sniper and being so disappointed, I needed a war film fix. I needed to watch a realistic war movie portraying real characters and real challenges.

To do so I had to watch a movie made over 70 years ago on a shoe string budget during war time called We Dive At Dawn. Don't get me wrong - I could have watched Generation Kill or Band of Brothers, but I decided to go with a classic British war film.

If only today's 'try to be directors' with their enormous budgets would learn from these classics, movies like The Hurt Locker and American Sniper may actually have been good.

Next on my viewing list is The Cruel Sea.


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