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Run Silent, Run Deep [DVD] [2001]

Clark Gable , Burt Lancaster , Robert Wise    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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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
  • 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 (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Z2YZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,443 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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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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By Maciej TOP 500 REVIEWER
A good war film about an US submarine, her controversial skipper and their very eventful combat patrol..., 10 Dec 2012

This review is from: Run Silent, Run Deep [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
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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By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The original submarine movie 7 Sep 2000
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As submarine suspence movies go, this one is one of the originals, and still as thrillingly exciteing as when it was first released in 1958. The film has been said to have been the inspiration for Crimson Tide (Gene Hackman et. al), but in my personal opinion the original is still the best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great classic!!
Bought as a gift - receiver loved it. Again delivery was excellent
Published 1 day ago by Val Cat Mum
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 days ago by madmax
4.0 out of 5 stars A good U. S Naval war
A good U.S Naval war film
Published 1 month ago by Fleet-Chief
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed it.
Published 1 month ago by K. Belcher
5.0 out of 5 stars shipping and packaging excellent as always
shipping and packaging excellent as always!Movie too be seen yet,I have a complete collection now and many of them will be seen during the next holidays!!CM
Published 2 months ago by C. Melloni
3.0 out of 5 stars tin fish
I've seen numerous American films about submarine warfare in World War 2. I would rate this one better than "Torpedo Run" with the wooden Glenn Ford and the combustible... Read more
Published 3 months ago by lycidas
4.0 out of 5 stars great
film is base in one area of the ocean and do the same drill over and over again not good
Published 5 months ago by kim elliston
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Now this is a movie, the action from start to finish is just awesome and the way they dodged the Japs then get them back is just awesome.
Published 7 months ago by Robert Rae Hughes
4.0 out of 5 stars Run Silent run deep
Its a good world war 2 story, however the sound was a bit off putting, specifically the music as it was so loud I had to adjust the sound down and then I couldn't hear the voices... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Giles Hunter
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
this is a good film but there is a bit to much of the personal lives and troubles in it for me I would like more action
Published 14 months ago by Peter Simmons
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