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
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Just before Hood received the fatal hit that blew her up, Captain Holland ordered a turn to port to give Hood's aft turrets better bearing on Bismarck. In the movie he orders a turn to starboard. 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 »
Good telling of the story of Bismarck, albeit with a few liberties taken
Good telling of the final (and only) sortie and sinking of Germany's most powerful warship of WW2. The naval scenes are actions are very realistic and historically accurate. A few liberties are taken for dramatic effect, but this does not detract from the quality of the movie.
What is irritating to a degree, however, is the significant (deliberate) inaccuracy and liberties taken with regard to the central characters. The Director of Naval Operations during the Bismarck battle was not Captain Jonathan Shepherd - the name is entirely fictional. Even the First Sea Lord's name is fictional! The whole creation of these characters was there to add a human and emotional drama element. I would much have preferred the historical characters were used, and accuracy preserved.
Another irritating thing was how stereotypically the Germans were portrayed. Most German soldiers and sailors were not the Hitler- loving fanatics the movie portrayed them to be.
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