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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.

Director:

Marvin J. Chomsky (as Marvin Chomsky)

Writer:

Jackson Gillis
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Cast

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 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 Henry Olek ... Cab Driver
Dale Tarter Dale Tarter ... Clarence W. (CW) Karp (First Karp)
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Storyline

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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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Einsatz im Pazifik See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Second Unit footage of the submarine cruising on the surface, submerging, and surfacing were from Ice Station Zebra (1968). Some of the underwater special effects shots were also from Ice Station Zebra (1968). See more »

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Short and suspenseful
5 December 2000 | by Uffe-13See all my reviews

Many recent moviemakers should study some of the TV-movies that were made for American television back in the 1970´s. This one is, like many other of its kind, only about 72 minutes long, which means that the story has to pick up speed straight from the beginning.

There is no time for longeurs and too many subplots, which means that the film is very effective and straightforward in its storytelling.

"Assault..." is an exciting and well-made little suspensor, with plot twists and a couple of famous actors, which makes it satisfying entertainment.


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