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The Sinking of the Laconia 

Documentary telling the true story of the sinking of the liner Laconia by a German U-boat in 1942 through the eyes of six survivors.
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Series cast summary:
Andrew Buchan ...  Thomas Mortimer 2 episodes, 2011
Ken Duken ...  Werner Hartenstein 2 episodes, 2011
Franka Potente ...  Hilda 2 episodes, 2011
Thomas Kretschmann ...  Admiral Dönitz 2 episodes, 2011
Brian Cox ...  Captain Sharp 2 episodes, 2011
Lindsay Duncan ...  Elisabeth Fullwood 2 episodes, 2011
Matthias Koeberlin Matthias Koeberlin ...  Rostau 2 episodes, 2011
Ludovico Fremont Ludovico Fremont ...  Vincenzo Di Giovanni 2 episodes, 2011
Jacob Matschenz Jacob Matschenz ...  Mannesmann 2 episodes, 2011
Frederick Lau ...  Fiedler 2 episodes, 2011
Simon Verhoeven ...  Harro Schacht / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Morven Christie ...  Laura Ferguson 2 episodes, 2011
Jodi Balfour ...  Sarah Fullwood 2 episodes, 2011
Nicholas Burns ...  Captain Coutts 2 episodes, 2011
Ciarán McMenamin ...  Declan McDermott 2 episodes, 2011
Lenny Wood ...  Billy Hardacre 2 episodes, 2011
Ben Crompton ...  Harry Townes 2 episodes, 2011
Matthew Aubrey Matthew Aubrey ...  William Williams 2 episodes, 2011
Paul Hilton Paul Hilton ...  Henry Bates 2 episodes, 2011
Josef Du Plessis Josef Du Plessis ...  Anthony Bates 2 episodes, 2011
Rebekah Nathan Rebekah Nathan ...  Charlotte Bates 2 episodes, 2011
Jörg Malchow Jörg Malchow ...  Weber 2 episodes, 2011
Oskar Brown Oskar Brown ...  Waldemar 2 episodes, 2011
Stefan Rudolf Stefan Rudolf ...  Remmert 2 episodes, 2011
Nikolai Kinski ...  Walter Drexler 2 episodes, 2011
Christian Serritiello ...  Additional Voices 2 episodes, 2011
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Six hundred miles from the coast of Africa, in September 1942, a German U-boat, U-156, sinks the British troopship Laconia carrying 1,800 Italian POWs, 80 British civilians, and 268 Polish and British soldiers. After realising that there were POWs and civilians on-board, and that they are facing certain death without rescue, U-Boat Commander Werner Hartenstein (Duken) makes a decision goes against the orders of Nazi high command. The U-boat surfaces and Hartenstein instructs his men to save as many of the shipwrecked survivors as they can. Over the next few days U-156 saved 400 people, with 200 people crammed on board the surface-level submarine and another 200 in lifeboats. Hartenstein gave orders for messages to be sent out to the Allies to organise a rescue of the survivors, but they were spotted by American B-24 Liberator bombers which moved in to attack. The Sinking of the Laconia takes a look at the human side of the remarkable events that took place: the friendships that ... Written by Wikipedia

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Drama | History

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Official site at UFA.de

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UK | Germany

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English | German

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6 January 2011 (UK) See more »

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The Sinking of the Laconia See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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When Hilda is on the Laconia discussing her baby, she says that she is five months old. When she is on board the U-boat, she says that the baby was seven months old. See more »

Alternate Versions

The German version dubs all the actors to German, creating confusing moments in the story. In some scenes the original dialogues have to be changed to make it appear that the characters have not listened well to the German soldiers instead of understanding their language. In addition, in the opening and end credits, they give priority to German actors and 10 actors who play the British crew are uncredited. See more »

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Featured in When TV Goes to War (2011) See more »

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interesting true story
18 January 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's 1942. Old British cruise liner Laconia captained by Sharp (Brian Cox) is transporting 1800 Italian prisoners to Liverpool. They are guarded by cruel Polish guards. There are many civilians including mysterious Hilda Smith (Franka Potente) with a baby who is befriended by Third officer Mortimer. They are torpedoed by a German U-boat whose captain Hartenstein decides to rescue the survivors risking his own boat. As more ships and U-boats join in the rescue, an American plane from Ascension attack.

This is a little-known much-ignored story from WWII. It is an interesting story but the movie is too scattered and too long. I imagine this would be a great U-boat story in the vein of Das Boot. A three hour mini-series is too long and the movie has relatively low tension. Also the movie makes the American bombing a mistake by a young crew rather than a deliberate action. This seems like an excuse more than a realistic assessment.


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