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Battle of the Coral Sea (1959)

Approved | | Drama, War, Action | November 1959 (USA)
In 1942 submarine commander Jeff Conway secretly photographs Japanese aircraft carriers in the Coral Sea but his submarine is damaged and he's forced to surrender.

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Cast overview:
... Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Conway
... Karen Philips
Teru Shimada ... Comm. Mori
Patricia Cutts ... Lt. Peg Whitcomb
Gene Blakely ... Lt. Len Ross
Rian Garrick ... Al Schechter
... Yeoman Halliday
... Maj. Jammy Harris
... Torpedoman Bates
... Ens. Franklin
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In 1942 submarine commander Jeff Conway secretly photographs Japanese aircraft carriers in the Coral Sea.When his submarine is damaged Conway is forced to surrender to the Japanese.Taken to a Japanese interrogation camp Commander Conway and his submarine crew plan their escape.Their mission is dangerous but staying in the Japanese POW camp could be worse. Written by nufs68

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The most decisive battle in naval history - and the amazing story of the men who fought it ! See more »

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In Nov. 1959, Columbia Pictures distributed this film on a double bill with The Crimson Kimono (1959). See more »

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When the guard in the tower is shot in the chest by an arrow he falls from the tower onto his back and the arrow falls out horizontal. The next shot it is back in his chest vertically. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: MARCH 14TH, 1942 3 DAYS AFTER THE FALL OF CORREGIDOR See more »

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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 3 March 1960 (1960) See more »

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Not at all what the title would suggest....
23 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

When I watched "Battle of the Coral Sea", I naturally thought I'd be seeing a film all about this famous WWII battle. Instead, the battle is tacked on to the last 5-10 minutes of the movie and what precedes that isn't the battle or anything really about the battle! I am sure a lot of audience members were annoyed by this and what the film does show is poorly done (featuring lots of stock footage...some of which showed planes which never could have fought in the battle).

The story ACTUALLY is about Lt. Cmdr. Jeff Conway (Cliff Robertson) and his command of a submarine during the war. His ship is captured in a rather impossible to believe sequence but he is able to skuttle the boat after his crew is taken prisoner. The rest of the movie consists of Conway and a few other officers in a Japanese prison camp plotting their eventual escape.

So is the film any good? Not especially. It's not a good history lesson and the film itself only adequate. Not a terrible film...just not a very good one.


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