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Submarine X-1 (1968)

G | | Action, Drama, War | 22 March 1968 (UK)
During World War II, the British Royal Navy used experimental midget submarines to raid German warships in Norway.


William A. Graham (as William Graham)


Donald S. Sanford (screenplay) (as Donald Sanford), Guy Elmes (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
James Caan ... Commander Bolton
David Sumner ... Lt. Davies R.N.V.R
Norman Bowler ... Sub. Lt. Pennington
Brian Grellis Brian Grellis ... C.P.O. Barquist
Paul Young Paul Young ... Leading Seaman Quentin
William Dysart William Dysart ... Lt. Gogan R.N.R.
John Kelland ... Sub. Lt. Willis R.N.V.R.
Kenneth Farrington ... C.P.O. Boker Knowles
Keith Alexander ... Sub. Lt. X-3
Carl Rigg ... C.P.O. Kennedy
Steve Kirby Steve Kirby ... Leading Seaman X-2
Nick Tate ... Leading Seaman X-1 (as Nicholas Tate)
George Pravda ... Captain Erlich


After losing a submarine and fifty crew in a battle with a German ship during WWII, a Royal Navy officer gets a second chance in a daring raid with midget subs. Written by Patrick Dominick <p-dominick@adfa.oz.au>

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Hell Can Be Very Cold, Very Wet...And Very Deep! See more »


Action | Drama | War


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James Caan received top billing. Caan plays a Canadian amongst a cast of characters who are predominantly English. See more »


When Quentin drops the bolt cutters as he's trying to cut through the submarine net during practice, and the sub tries and fails to ram through the partially cut net, Quentin is briefly shown right after the sub gets stuck and he's still holding the bolt cutters even though he had just dropped them. He had no time to swim down and retrieve them as the cutters were shown dropping a good 50 yards when he dropped them. See more »


Referenced in The War Game (2017) See more »

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Another one not to bother with
20 November 2005 | by rudge49See all my reviews

This movie is another one not to bother with. I prefer my historical movies as accurate as possible as reality is usually more dramatic and entertaining than hokeyness. There was an X-craft squadron, they did train rigorously for a raid against the Tirpitz (the movie calls it the Lindendorff-why fictionalize it?), they almost succeeded, the did penetrate the Tirpitz's defenses, damaged it badly enough that it could never sail at full speed again. Why not pay tribute to these brave men who fought for our freedom by telling their story straight? And the special effects are cheesy-the ships look like the models I built as a kid in the 1960s.

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Release Date:

22 March 1968 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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