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The Hunley (1999)

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During the siege of Charleston of 1864, Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley becomes the first submersible to sink an enemy warship in wartime.

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Capt. Pickering
Michael Dolan ...
Becker
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Collins
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Wicks
Jeff Mandon ...
Miller
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Ridgeway
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CSS Hunley tells the incredible true story of the crew of the manually propelled submarine CSS Hunley, during the siege of Charleston of 1864. It is a story of heroism in the face of adversity, the Hunley being the first submersible to sink an enemy boat in time of war. It also relates the human side of the story relating the uncommon and extaordinary temperament of the 9 men who led the Hunley into history and died valiantly accomplishing this feat. Written by Anonymous

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The true story of the Civil War's most secret weapon.

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Though many details of Lt. Dixon's life and military service are taken from fact, most of the other crew have uncertain identities. See more »

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In the movie, the Hunley attacks the Housatonic from the port side. In real life, the sub came in on the ship's starboard side. See more »

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Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard: And what about you, Dixon? What did you lose in this war besides a good chunk of your leg? Your wife. I do not wish to be... indiscreet, but I have heard the story. She was on a ferry boat that went down in the Tennessee River - hit by a torpedo... that drifted in from God knows where. How can you bear that?
Lt. George Dixon: I read you lost your wife, sir. I'm sure it pains you to talk about that.
Gen. Pierre G.T. Beauregard: On the contrary. It helped me to get rid of the trappings of sentiment. She died... giving birth to my daughter. ...
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Remake of The Great Adventure: The Hunley (1963) See more »

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"The Hunley" is the 2nd. greatest Civil War film, behind only "Gettysburg"
7 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Like "Gettysburg", "The Hunley" , is largely factual, shows incredible bravery, and has it's touching moments. The engineering feat alone is totally amazing for 1864. Even when the North gets word of the Hunley, their defense of nets and chains is overcome by a brilliant adjustment to the method of delivering the Hunley's torpedo. Much like Jeff Daniels wonderful performance in "Gettysburg", Armand Assante is terrific as the submarine project leader. Donald Sutherland is good, but more in the shadows, as General Beauregard. This movie is not easy to watch without generating emotions driven by the crew's bravery. Highly, highly recommended. - MERK


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