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A Glimpse of Hell (2001)

PG-13 | | Drama | TV Movie 18 March 2001
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A Navy officer tries to set the record straight, after the Navy blames a 1989 explosion aboard the U.S.S. Iowa on a homosexual affair between two sailors.

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Mikael Salomon
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Caan ... Capt. Fred Moosally
Robert Sean Leonard ... Lt. (j.g.) Dan Meyer
Daniel Roebuck ... PO Dale Mortensen
Jamie Harrold ... Kendall Truitt
John Doman ... Admiral Langlett
John Benjamin Hickey
Dashiell Eaves ... Clay Hartwig
Hugh Thompson
A.C. Peterson ... MCPO Ziegler (as Alan C. Peterson)
Bill MacDonald Bill MacDonald
Ken James Ken James ... Adm. Chapin
Eugene Lipinski ... Skelley
Chris Owens ... Agent Flynn
Bruce Gray Bruce Gray ... Donald Meyer
James Bulliard ... Gunner's Mate Tim Sykes
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USNavy Ensign (Lieutenant junior grade) Dan Meyer feared a non-flying officer's career prospects -like his- aren't brilliant but tries to excel at his assignment, in charge of gun turret 1 on the battle ship USS Iowa, which sees action in every major war. When the crew tell him the budget never goes to necessary repairs and improvements on the 50 years old ship, he takes his Navy-retired father Donald's advice to file a detailed report above the well-connected captain Fred Moosally's head. When master chief Skelley, the ship's liaison with HQ, asks Meyer to execute artillery experiments which can impress the brass he eagerly accepts against objections from the crewmen, especially Petty Officer Dale Mortensen; the first test successfully sets a record. Alas the second, in turret 2, goes terribly wrong: an explosion destroys the turret and kills 47 sailors, which seals the fate of 16 inch-guns till further notice. Meyer protests in vain when evidence is willfully destroyed 'to spare the... Written by KGF Vissers

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Tragedy. Cover-up. Truth.

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Drama

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing images of explosion aftermath, thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

FX Networks

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Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La versión del oficial See more »

Filming Locations:

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

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Dolby

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Truly frightening
19 March 2001 | by mermattSee all my reviews

This film vividly portrays the extent to which the male macho myth controls the military mentality. Youthful idealism is pitted against the false mask of professionalism. We see a literal dis-illusionment played out before our eyes -- and wish it were not so. We see loyalty used as an excuse for lying and prejudice -- and want to think these things can't really happen.

An excellent cast and clipped plotting provide us with a gripping tragedy which is all the more frightening because it is a true story of a decade-long cover-up and blatant homophobia. It is hard to believe that the military would lead a witch-hunt against one of its own men to cover its own ineptitude. But the facts are put before us in the shape of shredded, burned corpses. Telling the truth is condemned as ratting and snitching. Such is the paradox of 1984-style doublethink.

This film is a sobering look into the corporate mind, a grim revelation of the lengths people will go to hide from reality. I commend FX for being bold enough to present this sad tale in such an excellent film.


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