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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.

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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
Steve Landesberg ... Lipscombe
Don Harvey ... Kinderman
Robert Cicchini ... D'Angelo
David Caruso ... Wilkes
Bob Gunton ... Chaplain
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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Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

29 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mission of the Shark See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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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

Edited from War and Remembrance (1988) See more »

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Horrible ordeal, great movie!
17 February 1999 | by bubba-46See all my reviews

Other than a mention about the mission of the Indianapolis in Spielberg's "Jaws", many people have never heard of the sacrifice made by the men who delivered the atom bomb, before it's final, inevitable destination in Hiroshima. The horrors of war are of course often portrayed in film, but man vs. nature is a rarer occurrence in war movie history. The scapegoat portrayal of Keech's character should remind us all that being in command is quite often more of a burden, than an honour. War history buffs should check out this flick, as it is well worth your while.


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