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Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (1991)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | TV Movie 29 September 1991
True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial.

Director:

Robert Iscove

Writer:

Alan Sharp
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Keach ... Capt. Charles Butler McVay
Richard Thomas ... Lieutenant Steven Scott
Don Harvey ... Kinderman
Robert Cicchini ... D'Angelo
David Caruso ... Wilkes
Bob Gunton ... Chaplain
Steve Landesberg ... Lipscombe
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Hashimoto
Jeffrey Nordling ... Tasker
Tim Guinee ... Dobson
Neil Giuntoli ... Goldstein
Gordon Clapp ... Elias
Joseph Carberry ... Spilner (as Joe Carberry)
Dale Dye ... Major Green
Eddie Frias Eddie Frias ... Cortes
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True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial.

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Trivia

On 20 August 2017, Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen announced that a search team he led had found the wreckage of the Indianapolis two days earlier in the North Pacific at a depth of 5500 meters. See more »

Goofs

After the Indianapolis delivers the atomic bomb to Tinian, there is a shot of a B-29 with "Enola Gay" painted on its nose. This was the airplane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. In reality, the name was not painted on this aircraft until the day before the mission. See more »

Quotes

Hashimoto: Captain. You are a man who believes in fate?
Capt. Charles Butler McVay: No. I'm a man who was trying to accept it.
Hashimoto: It is not easy being a survivor.
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Connections

Referenced in USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016) See more »

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Fans of S.S.'s Jaws should check this one out.
16 November 2006 | by sxylelatsSee all my reviews

Remember the boys out on Quint's boat? At night, down below, swapping seagoing yarns, showing their scars, knowing the shark is out there, waiting in the watery night, guys talk of exploits and escapes. Joining in, the Roy Schieder character naively questions, "What's that one?" noticing another tattoo on Quint's forearm, The USS Indianapolis. Quint tells the tragic story of that WWII ship and crew. His personal motivation as a shark hunter.

Well, if you want more of the story, that's what Mission of the Shark delivers. It is a nicely crafted historical drama with high marks for historical accuracy. Stacy Keach is wonderful as the captain, a tragic figure with biblically bad luck.


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Country:

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Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

29 September 1991 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

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