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Torpedo Zone (1955)

La grande speranza (original title)
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During WWII, handsome young Italian sub commander and his crew torpedo Allied freighters and transport ships for the Axis then rescue the occasional survivor and treat them humanely while seeking a safe place to put them ashore.

Director:

Duilio Coletti

Writers:

Marc-Antonio Bragadin (story) (as Marc'Antonio Bragadin), Oreste Biancoli (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lois Maxwell ... Lt. Lily Donald
Renato Baldini ... The Submarine Commandanti
Carlo Bellini Carlo Bellini ... Officer
Aldo Bufi Landi Aldo Bufi Landi ... Lieutenant
Earl Cameron ... Johnny Brown, POW
David Carbonari David Carbonari
Ludovico Ceriana Ludovico Ceriana
Carlo Delle Piane ... Ciccio
Edward Fleming Edward Fleming ... Jean Cartier (as Eduard Flemming)
José Jaspe ... Spanish POW (as Jose Jaspe)
Paolo Panelli Paolo Panelli
Rudy Solinas Rudy Solinas
Henri Vidon Henri Vidon ... Robert Steiner (as Henry Vidon)
Folco Lulli Folco Lulli ... Nostromo, First Mate
Carlo Bizzarri Carlo Bizzarri
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During WWII, handsome young Italian sub commander and his crew torpedo Allied freighters and transport ships for the Axis then rescue the occasional survivor and treat them humanely while seeking a safe place to put them ashore.

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There's DRAMA - There's DANGER - There's DEATH

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Romance | War | Action | Drama

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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

3 June 1955 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Submarine Attack See more »

Filming Locations:

S.P.E.S., Italy

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Production Co:

Excelsa Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Color (negative) (Ferraniacolor)
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During the torpedo attack on Christmas Day, the submarine is shown in heavy seas, but the freighter, which is torpedoed, is clearly sitting in still, calm water. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: This film is dedicated to the men who died in 91 italian submarines disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea and in the Oceans during the last war.

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Acceptable Italian production about a submarine commandant who rescues shipwrecked persons who has formerly torpedoed
2 July 2013 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Well depicted odyssey about a Submarine Commandanti and his crew along with people he picked up . During WWII, handsome young Italian sub commander (Renato Baldini of Four ways out , The wayward wife) and his crew (chubby Folco Lulli , Aldo Bufi Landi as Lieutenant and Bellini as officer) torpedo Allied freighters and transport ships for the Axis then rescue the occasional survivors (such as Jose Jaspe , Earl Cameron and a woman , Lois Maxwell , famous James Bond's Moneypenny) and treat them humanely while seeking a safe place to put them ashore . However incredible they may seem the events narrated in this picture actually occurred .

This interesting as well as unconventional war movie posits an Sub captain who decides to rescue survivors from freighters that he has sunk . It contains drama , emotion , thrills, sea battles , historical events and includes stock war footage . The pic describes existence and personal experience of crew , rescued passengers , their dangers , plane attacks , Christmas celebration , praying together and many other things . And at the end takes place a sad and overlong farewell . It's an Italian production mostly produced by the great Italian producer/director Duilio Coletti . Good cast formed by European actors , as Italian Renato Baldini , American Earl Cameron as POW Johnny Brown , also Italian Folco Lulli , and Spanish Jose Jaspe who starred a lot of Spaghetti Western and British Lois Maxwell as a woman soldier who enlisted to Navy when her fiancé' died in Tobruk . Well worth seeing for magnificent acting and nice support cast . Very good musical score by the classic Nino Rota , with tunes similarly composed to the subsequent The Godfather . However , cinematography by Leonida Barboni is mediocre and washed-out , being necessary a right remastering . The flick was finely written Ennio DeConcini , a prestigious and prolific screenwriter and professionally directed by Duilio Coletti . Duilio was a good craftsman who mainly directed adventure genre such as ¨Captain Fracassa¨, ¨Il Fornaretto Di Venezia¨, The Mask of Cesare Borgia" , "Merchant of Slaves" and wartime genre , such as ¨Anzio¨ co-directed by Edward Dymitryck , ¨Divisione Folgore¨, "The Earth Cries Out" , "Hell Raiders of the Deep" , and ¨Under ten flags¨ that bears remarkable resemblance to ¨Submarine attack¨ but also a captain saves castaways whose freighters has previously sunk .

¨Submarine attack¨ was based upon events which actually occurred during a series of underwater actions in 1940-42 and carried out by Italian submarines . This film is dedicated to the men who died in 91 Italian submarines disappeared in the Mediterranean Sea and the Oceans during the last war . These events actually happened .


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