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Sink the Bismarck! (1960) Poster

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[to his assistant Anne Davis, after the battle]

Captain Jonathan Shepard: Take a message: "Request pleasure of the company of Second Officer Anne Davis at dinner."

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A.C.N.S.: Good old HOOD, she'll get them!

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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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Edward R. Murrow: This is London, Ed Murrow reporting. This island, which is no stranger to bad tiding, received news today that HMS Hood largest warship in the British fleet and pride of the British navy, has been sunk by the German battleship Bismarck. From the Hood's compliment of 1500 men, there were three survivors.

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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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First Workman: They can't do this to me, I'm in a reserved occupation!

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[last lines]

Captain Jonathan Shepard: [walking into broad daylight] Great heavens! It's nine o'clock in the morning! And I asked you out to dinner.

Anne Davis: We could always make it breakfast, couldn't we?

Captain Jonathan Shepard: Of course.

[exeunt, passing two ratings]

Able Seaman: You know, Harvey, these boys worry me. Four stripes on 'is arm, and he don't know what time of the day it is.

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Civilian Worker on Prince of Wales: Fancy me fighting Germans on the high seas!

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Captain Lindemann: Group North has suggested the Iceland-Faeroes Passage. You're not forgetting that, sir?

Admiral Lutjens: We have to take orders from Group North. We do not have to take suggestions.

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Anne Davis: There's an air raid going on up top.

Captain Jonathan Shepard: A bad one?

Anne Davis: No, not very.

Captain Jonathan Shepard: Won't your family be worried about you?

Anne Davis: I have no family here. My father lives in Canada.

Captain Jonathan Shepard: I thought that, surely, you must be married or something.

Anne Davis: No, sir, not at all.

Captain Jonathan Shepard: Doesn't that seem a little odd, if you don't mind my saying so?

Anne Davis: I was going to be married last year... it didn't work out.

Captain Jonathan Shepard: His fault or yours?

Anne Davis: ...He was at Dunkirk. He was listed as Missing in Action. It was just a year ago, only last week. He was rather a wonderful man. Not brilliant or dashing or anything like that but, just rather wonderful.

Captain Jonathan Shepard: Sorry.

Anne Davis: Actually, I think it helps to talk about these things, don't you, sir?

Captain Jonathan Shepard: [Promptly] No, I don't. As a matter of fact, I don't think it helps at all. Getting emotional about things is a peacetime luxury. Wartime is much too painful.

Anne Davis: But you can't turn off your emotions just because there's a war on. You can't do anything about your feelings.

Captain Jonathan Shepard: Yes, you can.

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Captain Jonathan Shepard: I've fought these people before. They have to prove their superiority every day. That's their one tremendous weakness

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Assistant Chief of Naval Staff: I'm not worried about Shepard. He's one of the ablest men in the service.

First Sea Lord - Sir Dudley Pound - Admiral of the Fleet: I'm also told he's as cold as a witch's heart.

Assistant Chief of Naval Staff: That may be a slight exaggeration, sir.

First Sea Lord - Sir Dudley Pound - Admiral of the Fleet: I want a man who's cold. I'd like a man with no heart at all. No soul. Just an enormous brain. The Battle of the North Atlantic is a grim business and it isn't going to be won by charm and personality. We've had too much of that around here.

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Admiral Günther Lutjens: How soon can you get under way?

Kapitän Ernst Lindemann: I can have steam in half an hour, sir.

Admiral Günther Lutjens: Captain, I want to be out of here in 15 minutes.

Kapitän Ernst Lindemann: Very well, sir.

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Winston Churchill: [over the radio] This is a battle we can't afford to lose... I don't care how you do it. You must sink the Bismarck. Good luck to you.

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Admiral Günther Lutjens: The world only remembers the winners, Lindemann. We must make sure this time, that it will remember us.

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First Sea Lord - Sir Dudley Pound - Admiral of the Fleet: But they don't have anything like Bismarck's fire power.

Assistant Chief of Naval Staff: She could sink every ship in the convoy without ever coming under fire.

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