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
Nicolas Cage's hand prints have been enshrined in a reef object placed just off Perdido Pass near Orange Beach, Alabama. The site, called "Posiedon's Playground", is a popular dive location created by David Walter. See more »
In the opening scene, the Japanese Kamikaze aircraft are early war Mitsubishi A6M2 Zero fighters, in a paint scheme and markings that had been phased out by mid-1942. By 1945, there would have been very few A6M2 versions still flying, and certainly not in squadron strength as depicted in the film. Later versions, such as the A6M5, which looked quite different to the earlier version, and painted in late war green camouflage, would have been more authentic. See more »
The single scene in the movie Jaws where Robert Shaw scares the crap out of Richard Dreyfus as he describes the sinking of the USS Indianapolis and the terrifying shark aftermath, has more truth, terror, realism and great acting than the entire movie USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. This film's amazing true story was hijacked along the way to make room for fictional back lines of power, love and racial tensions that all fall flat. Anachronisms abound--FNG is from the Vietnam war, the neon sign is not of the period, and Wayne Gretzky wouldn't make his "miss 100 shots you don't take" quote for another 50 years. It's like the scriptwriter used Google to write the script but forgot to use Google to fact check it. I wanted to like this movie, to pass along a great history lesson to my son watching with me, but from the first wobbly special effect to when we gave up and went to bed as the wrong shark species showed up, USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage never failed to disappoint. At least we know how it ends and at least there's Google to get it right and Jaws to tell it better.
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