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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 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 <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Personal! Powerful! Human! Heroic!

Genres:

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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Runtime:

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

'Kenneth More (I)' was offered The Guns of Navarone (1961) because of his work in this film. See more »

Goofs

There are various dialogues throughout the movie, referring to whether it is, in fact, day or night in the 'real world' above the bunker complex of Operational HQ. Although a most effective contrivance to convey to the audience just how physically isolated the War Room Staff must have felt in their underground world, this is a total conceit on the part of the scriptwriter/s. Organizing the destruction of the great Bismarck required extremely precise coordination of many of the Royal Navy's vast resources. In fact, timing to the minute, if not the second was not just required, it was essential. Therefore, the staff involved and, in particular, Captain Shepard would have known EXACTLY what time it was, day or night, at any given moment, because all militaries use a 24 hour clock, but in this movie they are incorrectly using civilian AM/PM 12 hour clock time - perhaps even better than the poor hapless souls above ground who were being constantly 'Blitzed' at that particular stage of WWII. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: LONDON MAY 1941 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bandstand: Episode dated 23 April 1960 (1960) See more »

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Fine war film
13 February 2015 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

A distinguished wide-screen film that honors those who served in a great British naval episode while showing generally how naval warfare was carried out in the early days of WWII.

Effectively portraying the sheer power of one of the most monstrous weapons ever devised by the dark side of the human mind- the battleship Bismarck. Battleships had a hideous, graceful sort of massive beauty during their brief heyday at the peak of war technology but went the way of the dinosaur after WWII. Their vulnerabilities are demonstrated in this film, as are certain unfortunate (but not necessarily erroneous) tactical moves by the German Admiral and the Captain of the Bismarck.

In case you don't know the story I won't spoil it but an event occurs around the middle of this film that has a sudden awesome shock value that can still cause your jaw to drop. It is perfectly set forth despite the low-tech film techniques available in 1960- the producers do a great job.

A deadly serious film about deadly serious heavy subject matter, "Sink the Bismarck" has qualities that hold up and it is worth your viewing time.


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