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USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)

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During World War II, an American navy ship is sunk by a Japanese submarine leaving 890 crewmen stranded in shark infested waters.

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Mario Van Peebles
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas Cage ... Captain McVay
Tom Sizemore ... McWhorter
Thomas Jane ... Lt. Adrian Marks
Matt Lanter ... Bama
James Remar ... Admiral Parnell
Brian Presley ... Waxman
Yutaka Takeuchi ... Hashimoto
Johnny Wactor ... Connor
Adam Scott Miller ... D'Antonio
Cody Walker ... West
Callard Harris ... Lt. Standish
Craig Tate ... Garrison
Joey Capone ... Alvin
Emily Tennant ... Clara
Shamar Sanders Shamar Sanders ... Quinn
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The harrowing true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, who were stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days after delivering the atomic weapons that would eventually end WWII. As they awaited rescue, they endured extreme thirst, hunger, and relentless shark attacks. Written by Anonymous

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Based on a true story of survival.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for war-related images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

USS Indianapolis See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
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Trivia

Nicolas Cage and Thomas Jane were both married to Patricia Arquette. Cage and Arquette were married from 1995-2001. Jane and Arquette were married from 2006-2011. See more »

Goofs

When the ship is in port before departure, a fighter flies towards the camera at a distance of perhaps 100 feet from the ship and some 20 above the water. This never would have happened, as the plane would be easily identifiable at that distance, the pilot would face immediate courts martial, and he would face severe punishment. At that point in the war, he would have been stripped of his wings. See more »

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Captain McVay: There will always be war until we kill off our own species.
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During the credits, old photos from the USS Indianapolis and her crew roll alongside the credits. See more »

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Not really that bad...
8 January 2018 | by jmorrison-2See all my reviews

Well, I don't think this movie was quite as bad as some reviewers are making it. I do agree that the direction left something to be desired. Some of the early part of the film was a little sloppy. There were short scenes that seemed to come out of nowhere, and didn't seem to have anything to do with the flow of what we were seeing. As a former military man, I was astonished to see a scene where Nicolas Cage wore a mis-matched khaki naval uniform. Never happen, folks. However, I thought the movie got a little better as it went along. I was very disappointed that race had to be inserted into this. There didn't seem to be any reason why race had to play ANY part in this story. I don't know why so many directors (& producers and writers) seem to feel the need to do this (well, I have my suspicions, but that's a story for another day). The scene of the cook spitting on an officers piece of pie was despicable, and I wondered why that was even included in this. It served absolutely no real purpose. This was, supposedly, a crack naval ship and crew, entrusted with a top secret mission, and a sailor is spitting on an officer's food? But the survival scenes were done fairly well, and it was clear the incredible suffering & tragedy these men were exposed to. I thought the movie started rather poorly, but improved as it went along. I think, perhaps, Van Peebles is lacking in experience, and bit off a bit more than he could chew, but, all in all, I thought it was a decent enough movie. Cage played a fairly stoic, controlled character, but I think that was a good choice on his part. The story was what needed attention, not some overblown character. He seemed to hit the right note as a Naval Ship Captain. The actors all did adequate jobs, and it wasn't exactly a terrible movie.


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