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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 British 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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Cast

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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sink the Bismarck See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,330,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Black and White (archive footage)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to a previous trivia item implying that the British failed to carry out rescue operations. After the sinking of the Bismack, H.M.S. Devonshire and H.M.S. Maori rescued one hundred eleven German sailors from the sea, (one of whom later died of his injuries), before having to leave the area due to reports of a German U-Boat nearby, as they would have been stationary while getting the survivors aboard and therefore sitting ducks for any torpedo attack. In fact, some of the survivors praised one British Midshipman for trying help a German who had lost both of his arms in the action. See more »

Goofs

The final torpedo which damages Bismarck's rudder is shown as coming from the port side; in fact the hit was on the starboard quarter. See more »

Quotes

Suffolk Lookout #2: Solid foot of armor plate, that's what the Bismark's got.
Suffolk Lookout #1: Who said so?
Suffolk Lookout #2: The gunnery officer that's who. Said for all the good our guns would do, we might as well throw crumpets at her.
Suffolk Lookout #1: [pauses] I wish someone would throw a crumpet at me.
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Opening credits prologue: LONDON MAY 1941 See more »

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The Classic War Film.
17 June 2001 | by MIKE-WILSON6See all my reviews

In this superb film,Kenneth More,plays the fictitious Capt Shepard,who is brought in to run the Navel war room in Whitehall, just before the Bismarck sets sail from Germany. We see the highs and the lows during the hunt, from the sinking of the Hood, which everybody thought was unsinkable, to the final battle. More gets good support from Dana Wynter, Geoffrey Keen, And Laurence Naismith. The shots of the actual battle, both real and the model work, are good. All in all a film well worth watching.


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