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The Bedford Incident (1965)

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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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It's not an incident, it's the works! 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)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sidney Poitier and Richard Widmark appeared in No Way Out (1950) and The Long Ships (1964). See more »

Goofs

An earlier post stated that the Navy of the mid-60's was segregated and Black sailors could only serve in limited categories. That is untrue. The U.S. military was desegregated in 1947 by President Truman and Navy rates (jobs) were open on a race-free basis. See more »

Quotes

Captain Finlander: He didn't surface during the night, he couldn't, we must've been directly over him. So he's out of breathing air. Staying down, he couldn't charge his batteries, so he can't run. And there he is. So you see, Commodore, we've accomplished the most important step. We've made him desperate.
Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke, Deutsche Marine: He's certainly desperate. That is the danger. You are dealing with a desperate force.
Captain Finlander: And we're a determined force.
Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke, Deutsche Marine: YOU are in the power here, Eric. It is not a force, it is just you.
Captain Finlander: Uh, you mean you're trying...
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A classic from a classic time in movie cinema
27 June 2003 | by motownmaniaxSee all my reviews

Excellently acted and directed. I came to this movie late, too. I've always held the better known "Dr. Strangelove" and "Fail Safe" close to my heart, but I happened to catch "Bedford" on a cable channel a couple years ago and was completely blown away. Absolutely brilliant plot device by keeping the soviet sub unseen, mysterious; focusing instead on the character dynamics on the destroyer.

No outrageous special effects, huge explosions, ridiculously unbelievable stunts, or mannered performances. Why can't Hollywood make politically suspenseful films like this, "Dr. Strangelove", "Fail Safe", and "Seven Days In May" anymore???? Of course, I know the answer. Modern movie audiences have the attention span of a gnat, the cerebral tenacity of a chipmunk, and the spoiled expectations of a pampered child.


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