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Assault on the Wayne (1971)

During the Cold War, enemy agents, posing as U.S. Navy crew, sabotage a nuclear submarine and steal its anti-ballistic missile guidance system.


Marvin J. Chomsky (as Marvin Chomsky)


Jackson Gillis




Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Cotten ... Admiral
Lloyd Haynes ... Lieutenant Dave Burston
Dewey Martin ... Skip Langley
Leonard Nimoy ... Commander Phil Kettenring
William Windom ... Captain Frank Reardon
Keenan Wynn ... Orville Kelly
Malachi Throne ... Dr. Dykers
Sam Elliott ... Ensign William 'Bill' Sandover
Ivor Barry ... Donald Ellington
Ron Masak ... CPO Corky Schmidt
Gordon Hoban Gordon Hoban ... Second Karp (False Karp)
Lee Stanley ... Lieutenant Manners
David Thorpe David Thorpe ... Lieutenant Benson
Henry Olek ... Cab Driver
Dale Tarter Dale Tarter ... Clarence W. (CW) Karp (First Karp)


At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. Navy nuclear submarine U.S.S. Wayne, commanded by Captain Phil Kettenring, is dispatched to a secret mission involving scientific tests. On board is Dr. Dykers, who is supposed to conduct the secret scientific tests. Commander Kettenring doesn't know that secret Communist Agents impersonating U.S. Navy crew members are also on board.Their mission is to sabotage the American submarine and to steal the experimental anti-ballistic missile guidance system.The Communists have set a trap in mid ocean for the U.S.S. Wayne. As the problems start, Captain Kettenring falls ill, Dr. Dykers becomes agitated and difficult, and the crew begins to lose faith in their commanding officer. The mission is in danger unless Captain Kettenring can discover who the enemy agents on board are. Written by nufs68

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The Captain Knows Members of His Submarine Crew are Enemy Agents - But Who?


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Not Spock
7 October 2010 | by zeppo-2See all my reviews

It must have been nice for Leonard Nimoy to lose the ears and not play Spock in this made for TV movie. He's the commander of a submarine with enemy agents on board,fighting both sabotage and ill health,this is a neat little suspense story which rattles along entertainingly to the end.

And it's to Nimoy's acting ability that after a while you stop thinking of him as Spock and just see him as the sub's commander.

Surrounded by other familiar faces from TV films/series, it's good ensemble work from all concerned. Just wish today's film makers could learn that brevity can be a plus and not a minus and not every film has to be over three hours!!

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12 January 1971 (USA) See more »

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Einsatz im Pazifik See more »

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Paramount Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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