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Sink the Bismarck! (1960)

Approved | | Action, Drama, History | 11 February 1960 (USA)
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The World War II story of the Royal Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Edmund H. North (screen story), Edmund H. North (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth More ... Captain Jonathan Shepard
Dana Wynter ... Second Officer Anne Davis
Carl Möhner ... Kapitän Ernst Lindemann (as Carl Mohner)
Laurence Naismith ... First Sea Lord - Sir Dudley Pound - Admiral of the Fleet
Geoffrey Keen ... Assistant Chief of Naval Staff
Karel Stepanek ... Admiral Günther Lutjens
Michael Hordern ... Admiral Jack Tovey - Commander in Chief - HMS King George V
Maurice Denham ... Commander Richards
Michael Goodliffe ... Captain Banister
Esmond Knight ... Captain John Leech - HMS Prince of Wales
Jack Watling ... Signals Officer
Jack Gwillim ... Commodore Wilfrid Patterson - HMS King George V (as Jack Gwillam)
Mark Dignam ... Captain Loben Mound - HMS Ark Royal
Ernest Clark ... Captain Robert Ellis - HMS Suffolk
John Horsley ... Captain Charles Larcom - HMS Sheffield
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Storyline

Chronicles the breakout of the Bismarck during the early days of World War II. Seen from the point of view of the many Naval vessels on both sides and from the central headquarters of the British where the search for the super battleship was controlled. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Personal! Powerful! Human! Heroic!

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Action | Drama | History | War

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The movie utilized actual battle footage. See more »

Goofs

The Spitfire searching for the Bismarck is shown as two different versions between shots. The "stock" footage of a flying Spitfire shows it with the flush cockpit canopy of an earlier version (Eg, Mark I-IV). The next studio-shot close-up shows the pilot sitting in a Spitfire with the "bubble" canopy of a later version (Eg, Mark XVI). Given the year is 1941, the stock flying footage is the more accurate. See more »

Quotes

Admiral Günther Lutjens: The world only remembers the winners, Lindemann. We must make sure this time, that it will remember us.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON MAY 1941 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Doing Time (1979) See more »

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Gripping wartime British naval drama
28 May 2006 | by roghacheSee all my reviews

This movie is a well crafted and gripping depiction of British attempts to locate and destroy the German battleship Bismarck during World War II. It is told from the viewpoint of sailors aboard vessels from both sides and also the British naval command headquarters. I have little knowledge of naval history so am in no position to comment regarding historical accuracy.

Personally, I found most compelling the strategy and tension within the Admiralty War Headquarters in London, especially the personal depiction of the coordinator of this operation. Kenneth More convincingly plays Captain Jonathan Shepard, who lost his own wife earlier in an air raid and has a son who is himself a naval pilot involved in the battle to sink the Bismarck. Shepard's relationship with the lovely but very professional female naval officer Davis is well captured. There is also a moving portrait of Shepard's restrained response to unfolding news regarding his son. Though there is engaging battle drama at sea, it's the character portrayal of this stiff upper lip British officer that made the movie for me.


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UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,330,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

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Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

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2.35 : 1
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