"Die Fledermaus" (The Bat) is the pseudonym adopted by Dr. Falke. Floating on the buoyant waltzes of Strauss, this Viennese romp is sure to please. Disguises, tricks, and every kind of ... See full summary »
In the fall of 1939, the German heavy cruiser (referred to as a pocket battleship) Graf Spee seems to have command of the Atlantic. In the first three months of World War II, she was responsible for sinking nine ships. The British sent three cruisers commanded by Commodore Henry Harwood to confront her. The battle took place on December 13, 1939 and the British came out on top. The Graf Spee headed for the neutral harbor of Montevideo, Uruguay. They were given only a short time to effect repairs and the British did their best to make them believe a British fleet of six or eight ships awaited them. Rather than chance the loss of his men, the German Captain ordered the Graf Spee scuttled.Written by
The original English version of this movie omits the tragic final act of the story. A few days after scuttling his own ship, German Captain Hans Langsdorff committed suicide in a hotel room in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was dressed in full uniform and wrapped in the battle flag of his sunken vessel. In the German dubbed version, the final voice-over was changed to explain what happened to Langsdorff. See more »
In the opening scenes the German sailors are carrying American Thompson M1A1 sub-machine guns instead of German weapons such as the MP38 or MP40. See more »
Rousing well made movie, using some of the original ships.
Fine, entertaining movie of the famous sea battle between 3 smaller British warships versus the great German Pocket Battleship "Graf Spee". Tremendous sea scenes , aided by the fact that most of the original ships which fought the actual battle are used in the movie. Well acted all-round with Peter Finch doing a fine job as Captain Langsdorf.
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