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Britannic (2000)

A fictional account of the sinking of the H.M.H.S. Britannic off the Greek island of Kea in November 1916. This explores the theory of a German Agent sabotaging the liner, a hospital ship.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Reynolds
... Vera Campbell
... Lady Lewis
... Townsend
... Captain Barrett (as John Rhys Davies)
... Doctor Baker
Alex Ferns ... Stoker Evans
Eleanor Oakley ... Sarah Lewis
Archie Davies ... William Lewis
Ed Stobart ... Mayfield
Adam Bareham ... Radio Operator
David Lumsden ... German Radio Operator
... Captain Kruger
Philip Rham ... Jurgens
... Seamus


The lazaret ship Britannic is used by England to transport weapons to Egypt. The German secret service wants to show that abuse of the red cross by overtaking the ship and steering it to a neutral port for inspection. The British secret service hear rumors of an operation and places its own agent, Vera Campell, a board, using the false identity of the nanny of the wife of the British Ambassador in Greece. The German plot to overtake the ship fails, so does a torpedo attack by a submarine. Will the ship be captured? Written by Stephan Eichenberg <Stephan.Eichenberg@stud.ch.tum.de>

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Release Date:

9 January 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Британик  »

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Did You Know?


H.M.H.S. Britannic was originally ordered by the White Star Line as the third in her class. Her sisters included R.M.S. Titanic and the R.M.S. Olympic. See more »


In the film, the second explosion occurred in the engine room, yet the propellers are still rotating afterwards. However, steam engines machines are not easily destroyed and 'Britannic' had two of them, besides a turbine for the middle screw, as well as 29 boilers, so plenty of redundancy. See more »


Sara Lewis: If that's his limb, where is the rest of him?
William Lewis: Under your bed, all rotten and smelly!
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Ripping Yarn! Young Indiana Jones Style Adventure
10 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

I watched the movie, prepared for the usual fluff T.V. movie fare, but I was thrilled to discover a very fine, well acted movie with a gripping plot and excellent special effects.

The film has some weak points: historical fact takes a bit of a beating, and the plot suffers from the usual tendency of T.V. movies to give away the plot and the motivations of its characters too soon. Even so, it still turns out to be a very thrilling movie. It succeeds in showing off some new acting talent, and it illustrates how good a T.V. movie can be, if given time and a good storyline.

This movie also showcases the latest in special effects: the HMHS Britannic of this movie rivals James Cameron's Titanic in the way David Beavis creates the largest (though least-known) passenger liner ever created. While the FX sometimes seem a bit too polished, they are certainly worthy of the best movie effects technicians.

Both Amanda Ryan and Edward Atterton give good quality performances as the main protagonists, both of whom are haunted by conflicting loyalties and self-doubt. John Rhys-Davies does his usual competent job as the stiff-upper-lipped captain of the great liner, and Bruce Payne (of Passenger 57 fame) pulls off a small but convincing part as the ship's doctor.

All in all, a stirring adventure yarn. If you like old-fashioned adventure movies like 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', or older pre-George Lucas/Steven Spielberg films such as 'The Riddle of the Sands' or 'Zeppelin', you'll love this one.

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