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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In the movie the fleet is ordered to proceed under the assumption that the Bismark is going to Brest, this is shown as a hunch from Captain Sheppard. This is actually not true as that information was provided to the Admiralty by the code breakers in Bletchley Park. However the movie came out in 1960 and that information was not declassified until the mid 70's so there was no way for them to know it at the time. See more »
During the destroyer attack on Bismarck, during shots on the lead destroyer's bridge a ship in the background shows a mirror image hull number. See more »
For starters, this picture was thankfully filmed in black and white. This is only appropriate for gray colored ships shooting it out in the North Atlantic. The performers were, for the most part, convincing. The movie got a little risky by using a fictional character (played by Kenneth More) for the lead role, and delving a bit into his personal life. But it didn't get out of hand. The movie takes just the right amount of time in developing and depicting the important events in the eight day life of the Bismarck. I got the feeling that I was actually there and watching these events take place. The movie is essentially accurate, based on accounts I have read in books; including one by the highest ranking German survivor. The depiction of the destruction of the British battle cruiser Hood was not exactly accurate, but I would rank that a minor point. Getting the ship used in the movie to blow up the same way the Hood would probably have been more trouble than it was worth. The bottom line is the ship was destroyed and only three crew members survived.
This movie is an excellent, no-nonsense portrayal of the short and dramatic life of the legendary German battleship Bismarck.
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