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The Cruel Sea (1953)

Approved | | Drama, War | 19 August 1953 (USA)
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The World War II adventures of a British convoy escort ship and its officers.

Director:

Charles Frend

Writers:

Nicholas Monsarrat (by), Eric Ambler (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hawkins ... Ericson
Donald Sinden ... Lockhart
John Stratton ... Ferraby
Denholm Elliott ... Morell
John Warner John Warner ... Baker
Stanley Baker ... Bennett
Bruce Seton ... Tallow
Liam Redmond ... Watts
Virginia McKenna ... Julie Hallam
Moira Lister ... Elaine Morell
June Thorburn ... Doris Ferraby
Megs Jenkins ... Tallow's Sister
Meredith Edwards ... Yeoman Wells
Glyn Houston ... Phillips
Alec McCowen ... Tonbridge
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Storyline

At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer. Atmospheric sea footage. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | War

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Trivia

Stanley Baker fought for the part of Bennett, and actually replaced another actor who had originally been cast. See more »

Goofs

When the captain says things like "Steer one six O" and "Very Well", that is not what a real Royal Navy captain would say. The Script should have said "Steer one six zero" and "Very Good". "Very Well" is a US Navy expression... See more »

Quotes

Capt. Ericson: Steady as she goes, Number One.
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Connections

Referenced in Kate Bush: Hounds of Love - Under Review (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

The Chestnut Tree
or "The Spreading Chestnut Tree" (uncredited)
Author unknown, perhaps traditional song
Sung by the sailors in the raft to keep awake
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Wonderful true to life depiction of escort duty
14 August 2001 | by pcnut69See all my reviews

This movie remained hidden from me until late one night on the disney channel. It is very accurate in its depiction of life aboard a Flower class corvette. These ships wore out men quicker than combat. The scenes in heavy seas are very true to life.

The depiction of tedious patrolling interspersed with brief and vicsious action is also very accurate. The crew comprised of a few proffessionals and the bulk civilians just removed tells the greatest story of all. The average citizen taking up arms in defence of his country and freedom.

A really good movie worth watching.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Cruel Sea See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)| Mono (Gaumont Kalee)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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