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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 300 crewmen stranded in shark infested waters.

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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.


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

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English

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14 October 2016 (USA) See more »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)
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Matt Lanter's grandfather was a survivor of the USS Indianapolis. In the film, Lanter wears his grandfather's dogtags. See more »

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In the movie, the Indianapolis splits in half while it sinks. According to Captain McVey's after action report, the ship sank by the head, then developed a 30 degree list to starboard, which rapidly increased to 90 degrees before it finally capsized and sank out of sight. See more »

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Admiral Parnell: President Truman has chosen you and your crew to lead a highly classified mission.
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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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Secrets, Survival, Sharks
25 August 2016 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

Set in mid-1945 during World War II, the USS Indianapolis, led by Captain Charles McVay (Nicolas Cage), was secretly tasked to deliver parts of an atomic bomb (which would later be dropped on Hiroshima) unescorted to a naval base in the Pacific. Back in open sea after successfully delivering their cargo, the ship was torpedoed and sunk by a Japanese submarine in the Philippine Sea. The sailors spent five gruelling days with minimal supplies floating on life rafts in shark-infested waters. Only 317 of the original 1,196 crew members survive the ordeal.

The first hour of the film was quite brisk and eventful. The main storyline was laid out within the first scene. The backstory about some of the young sailors were introduced, oddly not too much on McVay himself. The USS Indianapolis embarked on its mission, torpedoed and sunk all within that first hour. However, this meant that the entire second hour would only be dealing about the survival ordeal of the sailors among the sharks awaiting rescue. It got maudlin and repetitive after the first few shark attacks. This was definitely not the war action film people were expecting to see.

The actors all seem to have come from the Nicolas Cage school of hammy acting. The major side story was about two friends who were in love with the same girl back home. Another side story was about a couple of sailors, one white, one black, constantly at odds with each other. There was also another side story about an arrogant young officer and his despicable attitude. All these rehashed side stories just served to fill out the rest of the running time before and after the sinking. The best actor for me would have to be Yutaka Takeuchi, the Japanese actor playing court-martial witness Commander Hashimoto, who displayed dignified subtly in his brief role.

For its Philippine release, this film's subtitle "Men of Courage" was replaced with "Disaster at (sic) Philippine Sea." However, for Filipino moviegoers expecting to actually see some part of the Philippines or see Filipinos in action in this film, they will be disappointed. The Philippines was mentioned but was never actually shown except for scene labels to establish the location. There was an extra card interrupting the closing credits stating how the search for the wreck of the Indianapolis was undertaken in 2001 in cooperation with the Philippine government and National Geographic. That was all about the Philippines here, nothing more. 5/10.


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