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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.

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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 »

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Production Co:

Paramount Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Ron Masak, Lee Stanley, and Lloyd Haynes appeared in Ice Station Zebra (1968). See more »

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Really original and tense....
2 March 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The cast in "Assault on the Wayne" is very impressive for a made for TV movie. It stars Leonard Nimoy and he's supported by the likes of William Wyndom, Sam Elliott, Malachi Throne, Keenan Wynn as well as Joseph Cotten in a small role. And, to save money, the sets and some of the footage from "Ice Station Zebra" were used.

Nimoy is the Commander of a nuclear submarine. He has some sort of top secret orders and he's running an extremely tight ship. However, it soon is apparent that something is going on...and there are some spies aboard the ship waiting to do something really evil. But what, exactly, is going to happen? See the film and find out for yourself...suffice to say, it AIN'T good!!

The plot for this film is exceptionally good...and very taut and original. My only problem is that twice, folks are fighting with evil saboteurs...and NEVER call out for help!! It happens with both Keenan Wynn AND Leonard Nimoy's characters. This is a very commonly used movie cliché...so I won't fault the film too much. Otherwise, a terrific film...far better than I'd expected. I'd say more but I don't want to spoil the suspense!!


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