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The Bedford Incident (1965)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 12 November 1965 (Japan)
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An American destroyer Captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.

Director:

James B. Harris

Writers:

Mark Rascovich (novel), James Poe (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Widmark ... Captain Eric Finlander U.S.N.
Sidney Poitier ... Ben Munceford
James MacArthur ... Ensign Ralston (as James Macarthur)
Martin Balsam ... Lt. Cmdr. Chester Potter, M.D., U.S.N.
Wally Cox ... Seaman Merlin Queffle
Eric Portman ... Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke Deutsche Marine
Michael Kane Michael Kane ... Commander Allison Executive Officer - Bridge
Colin Maitland ... Seaman Jones - Bridge
Paul Tamarin Paul Tamarin ... Seaman 2nd Class - Bridge
Frank Lieberman Frank Lieberman ... Seaman 1st Class - Bridge
James Caffrey ... Seaman 1st Class - Bridge
Burnell Tucker ... Seaman 1st Class - Bridge
Mike Lennox Mike Lennox ... Lieutenant Krindlemeyer U.S.N. - Bridge (as Michael Graham)
Bill Edwards ... Lieutenant Hazelwood U.S.N. - Bridge
Stephen Schreiber ... Seaman 2nd Class - Bridge (as Stephen Von Schreiber)
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Storyline

Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub in the depths and the captain begins a relentless pursuit, pushing his crew to the breaking point. This one's grim tension to the end. Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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A relentless pursuit to the breaking point. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

12 November 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Zwischenfall im Atlantik See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This had earlier been announced to star James Mason. See more »

Goofs

When a chunk of an iceberg falls off in front of the ship, the wire guiding it is visible. See more »

Quotes

Commodore Schrepke: That permission specifically said "if the sub is still in territorial waters", is that not so?
Captain Finlander: A matter of interpretation, Commodore.
Commodore Schrepke: But the Russian is in international waters. The ocean is free, my captain.
Captain Finlander: Yeah, so it is.
Commodore Schrepke: So you have lost your opportunity. It was magnificent -
Captain Finlander: Look, if I catch a man robbing my house and he makes a break for the street, do I let him go just because he made it to the sidewalk?
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Alternate Versions

Reportedly, there are two versions with different endings. One version ends with a missile being fired and a torpedo being released from the sub seconds before. In another version the sub is destroyed, and later that evening the German commodore is found aiming a .45 at the nose cone of a live missile. The captain asks why, the commodore gives some reply and pulls the trigger. Mr. Munceford is blown over the side, but survives. See more »

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Referenced in American Masters: Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000) See more »

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Authentic, tense cold war drama
10 February 2004 | by dweigleSee all my reviews

Having served aboard this very class of ship during the late 60's and early 70's, I can attest that the events, from a technical standpoint, are frighteningly real. The Queeg-like personality of the Captain is a bit of a stretch, but the events in the movie come right out of the battle plans of the Navy (at the time).

The tension of the situation is palpable. Even at the time, the outcome was in doubt, but the outcome was believable. It still is.


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