Based upon the novel "The Good Shepherd" by C S Forester, this is the thrilling story of an Allied convoy crossing the North Atlantic in 1942 as it faces relentless attack by a German submarine wolf pack. The leader of the convoy's destroyer screen is a US Navy commander making his first Atlantic crossing. The story focuses on the his command responsibility as he fights the cold, the relentless night, the brutal sea, and his deep fatigue as he chases down the attacking submarines in the deadly game of cat and mouse. The exciting story, a thrilling ride-along with the beleaguered captain, so deeply portrays the elements of battle command that for a long period of time the book was used as a text at the US Naval Academy.Written by
To prepare for the film, director Aaron Schneider put together a website of all Naval-related information in use at the time depicted in the film. He effectively created a database for the cast and crew. See more »
Tom Hanks gives instructions for speed (revolutions for 36 miles, I don't know the exact minute). This requires a ship of around 220 meters (displacement hull), according to the hull speed formula:
speed=2.43 x square root (waterline), which gives for a Fletcher class a maximum of 26 knots. Irregardless of a "hull speed formula"; A Fletcher class destroyer had a top speed of 36,5 knots. See more »
Loved the authenticity and general faithfulness to the technical side of naval warfare. For me, this is a great movie, I love seeing small little details in how the captain commands his vessel, and every crewman doing their job, and quick glances to the CiC trying to keep track of enemy vessels. The movie didn't need to show the crewman following the captain around and repeating every word that Sonar/Radar reports, but it does so and adds a very nice detail that I found to be great, and also helped build the stress and tension everyone was under.
My only complaint is that the movie could have been longer. I could definately have watched a 3 hour version of this that took it slower in the style of Das Boot. Other than that, I recommend this movie for anyone that loves the more technical parts of warfare and especially naval vessels.
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