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A British Sub goes missing at the end of WWII, leaving only one survivor. Everyone believes it lost to the bottom of the Baltic Sea, then 40 years later it reappears without a crew. The ... See full summary »

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Stuart Orme

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Neal R. Burger (novel), Guy Burt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Jason ... Jack Hardy
Ian Puleston-Davies ... Travis
Tony Haygarth ... Cassidy
Julian Wadham ... Captain Byrnes
James Laurenson ... Admiral Nealy
Robert Whitelock ... Spender
Crispin Bonham-Carter ... Redding
Jamie Martin Jamie Martin ... Tyler
Roger Evans ... Monroe
Robert Horwell Robert Horwell ... Mason
Jonathan Cullen Jonathan Cullen ... Captain Basquine
Alan Stocks Alan Stocks ... Peterson
Lee Whitlock ... Reeves
Ricky Nixon ... Langdon
Ian Targett Ian Targett ... Captain Lyle
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A British Sub goes missing at the end of WWII, leaving only one survivor. Everyone believes it lost to the bottom of the Baltic Sea, then 40 years later it reappears without a crew. The British government sends for the one surviving crew member (David Jason), who is now a marine biologist. With a new crew, Jason proceeds to trace the last known happenings on the sub. But this submarine has a life of its own and the new crew soon start showing characteristics of the old crew. Written by Kevin Wickenden

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The patriotic German song that the crew hear on the military radio frequency is the Horst Wessel Song, the anthem of the Nazi Party. See more »

Goofs

HMS 'Scorpion' is supposed to be a British submarine, presumably (given her name) an S-Class. However, she doesn't resemble any Royal Navy submarine of the Second World War, looking far more like a late-war German Type VIIC U-boat. The only significant concession is that exterior periscopes have been altered to give it a more British look, but they are closer to what was on a T-Class submarine than on the S-Class. See more »

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Okay made for TV sub movie.
16 August 2013 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

I just finished watching this ITV production, and all I can say is that I liked what I saw, but will note that there was room for much improvement.

How so? Well, for one, the main vessel around which the movie focuses was a World War 2 British diesel submarine. Big deal, you say, ah, but one of the major story points is that the sub seems to operate like a modern nuclear sub, or one of the modern Nordic or Germanic subs which are quieter than either the US, UK or Soviet subs. Simply put WW2 subs stayed on the surface, and only went underwater when needed, but you'd never know that by watching this movie.

The other thing is that there's a little bit of creep factor in this film, but it's not accentuated enough. We understand what's happening to the crew, but the made for TV production values seem to limit both SFX and other production values to really ram home the message to the audience.

I imagine the biggest mis step taken in this film is that even though the boat as a "life of its own" so to speak, a late 20th century crew, a crew that is not trained in diesel sub operations some how manages to bring this vessel out into open ocean, and operate her like a modern nuclear powered SSN.

Huh.

You know, if you can get by that, and the cinematography which is a little uninspired, then you can probably enjoy watching this film, but the story of a haunted ship and her affect on the crew takes precedence over operational details and plot points.

It's not a great film, but it is a mild diversion for a couple of hours. Give it a shot.


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9 April 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le vaisseau fantôme See more »

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