Detailed and fascinating documentary telling the history of the famous German battleship of World War II. The urgent British hunt and the German ship's efforts to escape are described ... See full summary »
Chronicles the breakout of the Bismarck during the early days of World War Two. Seen both 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The producers knew that the use of miniatures and explosions would have to look very realistic to be successful. They hired Howard Lydecker, one of the legendary Lydecker brothers--the other was Theodore Lydecker--who were generally considered to be the best special effects team in the industry. They had spent decades perfecting their craft at Republic Pictures. See more »
When Captain Kerr of the HMS Hood speaks to his crew after learning of the Bismarck's position, he indicates that the ship will go to action stations soon after midnight. However, the crew is later shown moving to action stations just prior to engaging the Bismarck, just after 0500. They should have already been at their stations. See more »
Captain John Leach:
[after the sinking of HMS Hood]
Yeoman... Make to Admiralty from Prince of Wales. Tell them... Tell them the Hood has blown up.
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON MAY 1941 See more »
'Getting emotional about things is a peacetime luxury!'
Kenneth More plays the severe cold and uncompromising Captain Jonathan Shepard who has lost his wife in an air raid, and whose son is a naval pilot in the warfare against the Bismarck...
'Bismarck' is a super German battleship of World War II that had a short, but spectacular career...
Captain Shepard guides the distinguished campaign from the Admiralty War headquarters in London: The search, the course, the deploy and the destruction of the Bismarck under an archetype that said: 'Getting emotional about things is a peacetime luxury.'
The Bismarck's admiral (Karel Stepanek) is a Nazi officer characterized by emotional instability, presumptuous and overenthusiastic...
Sighted and bombarded by British battleships, the Bismarck is incapacitated and sunk by torpedoes on the morning of May 27, 1941.
Dana Wynter is the likable attractive lady naval officer, fitting in mood and attitude...
In the climax of the film and after the naval epic, Michael Hordern, the Commander-in-Chief of the Home Fleet, turns to his men and says: 'Let's go home, gentlemen!'
This exciting sea battle would have been better on a standard screen than in CinemaScope, as its ships were clearly 'models' using newsreels footage... Nevertheless, the film is an entertaining hunt, with good acting.
Beside the search and eventual sinking of the Bismarck, I would like to mention, that the personal drama of the British sailors increase the intensity of the picture's realism...
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