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Run Silent, Run Deep [DVD] [2001]


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  • Actors: Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter, Don Rickles
  • Directors: Robert Wise
  • Writers: Edward L. Beach, John Gay
  • Producers: Harold Hecht, James Hill, William Schorr
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Polish, Dutch, Finnish
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, German
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z2YZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,081 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Robert Wise's screen adaptation of the novel by Commander Edward L. Beach. Commander Richardson (Clark Gable) is the only survivor when his submarine is sunk by the Japanese cruiser 'Bongo Pete'. Assigned a new command, Richardson becomes obsessed with revenge, ignoring orders to avoid the Japanese Bongo Straits and drilling his crew in manoeuvres designed to destroy Bongo Pete.

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A movie's lasting value can often be measured by its influence in the years and decades following its original release, and on that basis Run Silent, Run Deep is certainly a classic of sorts. It remains one of the seminal World War II submarine pictures, and its intelligent script and tautly executed action are clearly echoed in such later submarine dramas as Das Boot and especially Crimson Tide, which borrows liberally from this 1958 film.

In one of his best and final roles (he appeared in only four films after this), Clark Gable plays a submarine captain without a command, having been saddled with a desk job after his previous ship was destroyed due to his overzealous pursuit of the enemy in dangerous Japanese waters. He finally gets another boat--this time with a vigilant first officer (Burt Lancaster), who stands poised to assume command if Gable puts his crew in unnecessary danger. The tension and mutual respect between these two principled men is superbly written and directed (Robert Wise was just two years away from his triumph with West Side Story), and the crucial inclusion of a strong supporting cast (including Jack Warden and Don Rickles) enhances the movie's compelling authenticity. Based on a novel by former submarine commander Edward L. Beach, Run Silent, Run Deep is rousing entertainment with the added benefit of paying honourable tribute to the men who navigated through the most frightening and claustrophobic channels of the Pacific cinema. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Dec 2010
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There is something odd going on in a particular area of the Pacific in the second world war - American submarines are being lost at a fantastic rate. Clark Gable's Commander Richardson knows all about it, he lost his sub in that area. He has his suspicions as to how the Japanese are managing to take out so many submarines, and has a plan to counteract it. But he needs a submarine, and manages to get command of Nerka, much to the dismay of it's XO Bledsoe (Burt Lancaster) who had been promised command.

What follows is an entertaining tale as Richardson reveals his obsession with the Japanese destroyer that sank him, and drives the crew to breaking point to train them to take it down. Bledsoe is at first supportive, then tensions between the two erupt as he feels things go too far. It's well scripted, pacily directed with lots of great action sequences and a surprising amount of plot as the crew try to work out just how the Japanese are so successful at sinking their boats. The two leads are like immovable blocks of granite, all glowering moodiness, resolutely determined and titanic in their clashes.

So many submarine films owe so much to this excellent picture, especially Crimson Tide, which lifted the stand off between captain and second in command almost word for word from this classic.

An excellent film, heartily recommended to all fans of thrilling war films with a bit of plot and characterisation in them. Five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Dec 2014
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Originally intended to reunite Destination Tokyo's Cary Grant and Delmar Daves, Run Silent Run Deep sees Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster at odds in what still holds up as one of the best submarine movies thanks to tight direction from Robert Wise and a solid script that manages to throw in a few surprises alongside the expected staples of the genre. Having spent the past year at a desk in Pearl Harbor sinking models of the Japanese destroyer that sunk his submarine, Gable finally manages to talk his way back into a command on the express condition that he avoids the graveyard spot where his and so many other ships have been lost. Unfortunately it's the command that senior executive officer Lancaster was promised, and if that doesn't cause enough friction, Gable's unexpected behaviour (for the crew if not the audience) adds more ballast to the simmering tension between them as it becomes apparent the crew may be on a one-way ticket because he feels more responsibility to a dead crew and a dead sub than the current live ones. It's the same dynamic that would become a genre staple in everything from Gray Lady Down to Wise's later Star Trek The Motion Picture, but it's given added fuel here by the real life antagonism between the two stars on set.

Their face-off is a long time coming but there's plenty to keep things lively in the interim as Gable's plan inevitably goes wrong, it becomes clear that the Japanese were expecting them and they find an unexplained signal. And once the crew rallies for a return engagement there's a couple of neat twists and a particularly gripping game of cat and mouse and near misses that benefit from some excellent blocking of the underwater sequences that make each torpedo run particularly suspenseful.
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A good war film about an US submarine, her controversial skipper and their very eventful combat patrol..., 10 Dec 2012

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Made in 1958 this is an old black and white film with rather poor effects, but a very interesting scenario and two great actors at the top of their abilities. I spend a pleasant evening watching it.

This film is an adaptation of a novel with the same title by an US Navy officer, Commander Edward L. Beach, who really served on US submarines during Pacific War. The novel was a bestseller in Unites States in 1955. The film however is greatly different from the novel, and especially doesn't show a horrible scene, in which an US submarine rams a lifeboat full of Japanese survivors...

The main hero of the story is Commander Richardson (Clark Gable) whose submarine was sunk by Japanese when he was attacking a convoy in Bungo Straits, a channel between Shikoku and Kyushu islands. In the film this place is frequently called "The Cemetery", as numerous US submarines were already lost there. But it is also a place through which Japanese convoys sail regularly and therefore a dreamed hunting ground for a submarine. The film begins when Commander Richardson gets a second chance and receives the command of another ship, submarine USS "Nerka" - this is a fictional name, as the only US warship which was supposed to be named so, a submarine of "Balao" class never entered service (the contract for her construction was cancelled in 1944).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 May 2011
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United Artists presents "RUN SILENT, RUN DEEP" (1958) (93 min/B&W) -- Starring Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter, Don Rickles & Nick Cravat

Directed by Robert Wise

The contrasting acting styles of Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster serve to increase the already high tension level of the WWII drama. Gable plays submarine commander "Rich" Richardson, who assumes command of the USS Nerka. Because his previous sub was sunk by the Japanese under highly suspect circumstances, Richardson inspires nothing but animosity from his new crew. Particularly hostile is executive officer Lt. Jim Bledsoe (Burt Lancaster), who'd assumed that he was next in line to command the Nerka. Obsessed with tracking down the Japanese destroyer that sank his old sub, Richardson drives his crew mercilessly, and even disobeys direct orders from his own higher-ups. The Nerka manages to blast the Japanese vessel out of the waters, but in so doing the sub is placed in dire peril in enemy waters. In his desperate efforts to save the Nerka, Richardson at long last wins the respect of Bledsoe and the rest of the crew.

Having served four years in the Navy myself aboard various ships, this is a top notch film.

Rightly considered to be the best submarine film ever made!

Featured in the cast are Burt Lancaster's old circus partner Nick Cravat, and, in his unbilled movie debut, Don Rickles.

Special footnote: -- Besides the pairing of two of Hollywood's screen legends, the film features the realism of using an actual ship of the line, the USS Redfish, for many of the shots. Also, the viewer has a chance to feel a part of the underwater tensions and claustrophobic conditions that submariners experienced during times of combat underwater.
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