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American Warships (2012)

American Battleship (original title)
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When a US plane is taken down over seas by an unknown assailant, the army is sure it was North Korea and a new war is about to break out. Even worse, the true attacker is an alien armed force and only one old battleship can stop them.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Van Peebles ... Captain James Winston
Carl Weathers ... General Hugh McKraken
Johanna Watts ... Lt. Caroline Bradley
Nikki McCauley ... Dr. Julia Flynn
Elijah Chester Elijah Chester ... Secretary Of Defense Alter
Sean Patrick Smith Sean Patrick Smith ... 1st Officer Bryant
Devin McGee ... Lt. Cmdr. Juarez
Chris Hayes ... Lt. Anders
April Ezell Wilson April Ezell Wilson ... Dr. Erica Billman
David Polinsky David Polinsky ... Admiral Hollis
Gray Hawks ... Communications Officer Wexler
Robin Robertson Robin Robertson ... Major (as Robin Dale Robertson)
Josh Cohen Josh Cohen ... Weapons Officer Clancy
Aaron Griswold Aaron Griswold ... Munitions Team Leader
Mandela Van Peebles ... Lookout Dunbar
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Storyline

When a US plane is taken down over seas by an unknown assailant, the army is sure it was North Korea and a new war is about to break out. Even worse, the true attacker is an alien armed force and only one old battleship can stop them.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

When Modern Weapons Fail...It's Time To Bring In The Big Guns


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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

American Battleship See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

The Asylum See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The "retired" USS Iowa represented at the end is actually USS North Carolina (Nickname: "The Showboat") BB55 on display in Wilmington, North Carolina. It was the first "modern" battleship of the Washington Conference design laid down in 1937 and commissioned in 1941. When it was launched. BB55 was a 39,000 ton 739 foot ship and was soon dwarfed by the the bigger battleships that followed. Iowa BB61 at 45,000 tons and 839 feet long was laid down in 1940, launched in 1942 and finally commissioned in 1943. The famous Missouri BB63 "Mighty Mo" followed in 1944 and as being in the Iowa class, retained very similar dimensions. North Carolina's twin stack arrangement in profile are a bit unique compared to later battleship designs and were shared by its sister ship, BB56 USS Washington, scrapped in 1961. Information from navsource.org. A hapless seaman was on deck during the firing of one of the 16 inch guns and was presumed blown overboard and had to be reported as "missing in action, presumed dead". A chief radar-man on Showboat said that he was outside his radar station way up above deck on a platform on the big conning tower to watch the firing of the 5-inchers and had his hat blown off and lost his hearing for a while. He said he never did that again. See more »

Goofs

The Iowa is shown with 40mm and 20mm guns in action. All such weapons were removed from the Iowa during her 1982 refit. They are, however, present on the North Carolina museum ship upon which the film was shot. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Caroline Bradley: There are more.
Captain James Winston: Tell the seals to pull in.
Lt. Caroline Bradley: CAPTAIN! THERE ARE MORE!
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References Star Trek (1966) See more »

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If I were to rate this movie based on my expectations, it would be higher than a 4
20 May 2012 | by shinnstoneerSee all my reviews

I noticed that there have been two somewhat positive reviews of this movie and both of them have received heavy marks for not being helpful to readers. It makes me wonder if there is an anti-Asylum contingent (or individual) with an axe to grind.

Having played golf for years I am used to driver knockoffs that don't measure up to the real thing but that typically are far more worthy than most movie knockoffs created by Asylum. So it is surprising to me that I didn't feel that way at the conclusion of American Warships.

Sure there is a certain amount of bad acting and scripted clichés that might make you wince but it is not to the level expected of Asylum.

Most end of the world, mega disaster movies seem to eventually leave me thinking that they were fun but I've seen it before. In AW, there is an appearance of creativity that manages to present something that I didn't feel as though I've seen it dozens of times.

For free television and original programming, AW manages to at least put forth a plot that might have been really interesting with a big budget. Don't enter this expecting a "Transformers" meets "Pearl Harbor" and accept it for what it is and I believe you'll be entertained.

That's a giant leap forward for Asylum on SyFy.


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