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:
...  Thomas Mortimer 2 episodes, 2011
...  Werner Hartenstein 2 episodes, 2011
...  Hilda 2 episodes, 2011
...  Admiral Dönitz 2 episodes, 2011
...  Captain Sharp 2 episodes, 2011
...  Elisabeth Fullwood 2 episodes, 2011
Matthias Koeberlin ...  Rostau 2 episodes, 2011
Ludovico Fremont ...  Vincenzo Di Giovanni 2 episodes, 2011
Jacob Matschenz ...  Mannesmann 2 episodes, 2011
...  Fiedler 2 episodes, 2011
...  Harro Schacht / ... 2 episodes, 2011
...  Laura Ferguson 2 episodes, 2011
...  Sarah Fullwood 2 episodes, 2011
...  Captain Coutts 2 episodes, 2011
...  Declan McDermott 2 episodes, 2011
Lenny Wood ...  Billy Hardacre 2 episodes, 2011
...  Harry Townes 2 episodes, 2011
Matthew Aubrey ...  William Williams 2 episodes, 2011
Paul Hilton ...  Henry Bates 2 episodes, 2011
Josef Du Plessis ...  Anthony Bates 2 episodes, 2011
Rebekah Nathan ...  Charlotte Bates 2 episodes, 2011
Jörg Malchow ...  Weber 2 episodes, 2011
Oskar Brown ...  Waldemar 2 episodes, 2011
Stefan Rudolf ...  Remmert 2 episodes, 2011
...  Walter Drexler 2 episodes, 2011
...  Additional Voices 2 episodes, 2011
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Part one:- In 1942,the Laconia,an old British cruise liner turned troop ship, is returning to Liverpool from Egypt with civilian passengers and Italian prisoners. Its guns are outdated, its captain, Sharp, lost his last ship and the Italians, unhappy at being caged below the water line, are tormented by their Polish guards. Third officer Mortimer learns that his family have been killed in an air raid and seeks comfort with Hilda Smith, a mysterious widow who seems to have visited Germany recently. At that moment the ship is torpedoed by a German U-boat, whose humane captain, Kapitanleutnant Werner Hartenstein, learning that the Laconia was not a warship, decides to rescue the survivors, bringing some into the submarine and towing others in life-boats. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Also Known As:

A Laconia elsüllyesztése  »

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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 »

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Wasted Potential
9 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

First of all, I'm German and I want to leave out all the stuff about whether it is anti-American or not, because the bombing of the U-Boat Is a fact and the point brought up by some here that it's a movie to ease German conscious is bullshit. Let's just talk about the movie. First problem; it's too long. The arc of suspense is terrible. Next problem: at some points it just tries too hard to be Titanic. Biggest Problem: it's a serious movie, or at least wants to be and should be. But they put two cartoonish, annoying, cliché characters in this movie, which made me hit my head against the wall every time they appeared. I don't care for the fate of a character I hate. The egoistic father, and The "British lady". The fur coat wearing Lady is a walking cliché and by asking every five minutes in the second half where her daughter is and how hard life is she tries to force empathy. But no, she's just not a real person. Nobody on earth would behave like this and if somebody did, everybody would hate her. The leading roles of Ken Duken and Franka Potente are well performed. The general look of the movie is good. But the second half just lacks tension. At some points a solid movie, at some points horrible.


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