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The Bedford Incident ()


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An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.

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Captain Eric Finlander U.S.N.
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Ben Munceford
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Ensign Ralston (as James Macarthur)
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Lt. Cmdr. Chester Potter, M.D., U.S.N.
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Seaman Merlin Queffle
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Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke Deutsche Marine
Michael Kane ...
Commander Allison Executive Officer - Bridge
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Seaman Jones - Bridge
Paul Tamarin ...
Seaman 2nd Class - Bridge
Frank Lieberman ...
Seaman 1st Class - Bridge
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Seaman 1st Class - Bridge
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Seaman 1st Class - Bridge
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Lieutenant Krindlemeyer U.S.N. - Bridge
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Lieutenant Hazelwood U.S.N. - Bridge
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Seaman 2nd Class - Bridge (as Stephen Von Schreiber)
Ronald Rubin ...
Seaman 1st Class - Bridge
Eugene Leonard ...
Seaman 2nd Class - Bridge
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Lieutenant Bascombe U.S.N. - C.I.C.
Roy Stephens ...
Seaman 2nd Class - C.I.C.
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Lieutenant Berger U.S.N. - C.I.C.
John McCarthy ...
Seaman 1st Class - C.I.C.
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Seaman 1st Class - C.I.C.
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Seaman 2nd Class - C.I.C. (as Glen Beck)
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Lieutenant Beckman U.S.N. - Communications
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Lieutenant Hacker U.S.N. - Communications (as Edward Bishop)
Paul Carson ...
Seaman 1st Class - Communications
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Petty Officer - Communications
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Chief Hospitalman Mckinley - Sick Bay
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Hospitalman Nerney - Sick Bay
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Hospitalman Strauss - Sick Bay

Directed by

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James B. Harris

Written by

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Mark Rascovich ... (novel)
 
James Poe ... (screenplay)

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James B. Harris ... producer
Denis O'Dell ... associate producer
Richard Widmark ... producer

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Gerard Schurmann

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Gilbert Taylor ... director of photography

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John Jympson

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Roy Benson ... assistant editor
Pamela Tomling ... assistant editor

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James Liggat

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Arthur Lawson

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Eric Allwright ... makeup artist

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Victor Peck ... production manager

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Clive Reed ... assistant director

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Lionel Couch ... associate art director

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Les Hammond ... sound recordist (as Leslie Hammond)
Bob Jones ... sound recordist (as Robert Jones)
Winston Ryder ... sound editor

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Doug Ferris ... matte artist (uncredited)

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Derek V. Browne ... camera operator (as Derek Browne)

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Gerard Schurmann ... conductor

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Ian Cox ... technical advisor (as Lieut. Commander Ian Cox D.S.O. R.N. Rtd.)
Phyllis Crocker ... continuity
J.D. Ferguson ... technical advisor (as Capt. J.D. Ferguson U.S.N. Rtd.)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Now...In the North Atlantic...High Adventure in the High Naval Tradition from the Company That Gave You "The Caine Mutiny"! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Aux postes de combat (France)
  • Estado de alarma (Spain)
  • Случай с Бедфордом (Soviet Union, Russian title)
  • A Bedford incidens (Hungary)
  • Al borde del abismo (Mexico)
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  • 102 min
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Trivia Although by this point Sidney Poitier had been making films for 15 years, this was the first film he made in which his race was neither mentioned nor relevant. See more »
Goofs Towards the film's end, when scenes throughout the ship are being shown, a rack of rifles are shown somewhere in the ship. The distinctive front sight of the rifles show them to be Lee Enfield No.4 Mk.1/2, a British weapon. American ships of that time would have had M-1 Garands or M-14s in their small arms room. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000). 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 to say that, uh, you consider ME desperate.
Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke, Deutsche Marine: No, Captain. To be frank, I consider you frightening.
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