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  • Actors: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Mohner, Laurence Naismith, Geoffrey Keen
  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert
  • Format: PAL, Black & White, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009HBN6E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,549 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Lewis Gilbert's dramatic re-telling of the Allied mission in the spring of 1941 to find and destroy Germany's largest battleship, the Bismarck. The story is told from two angles; the ships involved and the war-room in London where Captain John Shepherd (Kenneth More) plots the manouevres using models of the ships. Shepherd has an emotional reason for wanting the battleship sunk, his wife was recently killed in a German raid on London and his son is missing in action, and struggles to keep his emotions in line whilst making decisions that affect hundreds of lives. The final scenes are a mixture of newsreel of the battle and up-dated special effects.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 July 2007
Format: DVD
I've always liked this British film, which tells how the Royal Navy went after and finally destroyed the German super battleship Bismarck in the spring of 1941. The Bismarck was newer, faster, more heavily armored and more powerful than any single ship the British could throw against her. Her job was to destroy convoys, and it was the convoys that were keeping Britain alive and in the war. As the movie points out, the Bismarck could stand off and sink every ship in a convoy and never take enemy fire herself. The British find out that the Bismarck and her accompanying battle cruiser have broken out into the North Atlantic. The task of the Admiralty is to locate the Bismarck, bring naval resources to bear against her, and then take whatever risks they must to destroy her. She is powerful enough that, in the first battle when she is engaged by the British battleship HMS Hood, Bismarck blows the Hood out of the water. From a crew of 1,500, only three survived.

The human face of the drama is in the operations of the Admiralty's War Room, led by the chief of operations Captain Jonathan Shepard (Kenneth More). Shepard is a by-the-book officer, smart but up-tight. He had his ship sunk out from under him in the Mediterranean and he lost his wife to German bombs during a London raid. His only son serves in the air wing assigned to HMS Ark Royal, which soon will be assigned to the chase.

In the course of the movie we witness the maneuvering to locate and then bring the Bismarck to decisive battle. There is the first naval engagement in which the Hood is destroyed and the Bismarck is slightly damaged, but now has a slow fuel leak. There is the air attack with torpedos that manages to damage the Bismarck's rudder, slowing her down and making maneuvering impossible.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Crowther on 14 July 2006
Format: DVD
This is based on C.S 'Hornblower' Forrester's novel and gives people who were in the battle fictional names. The film starts with Captain Shepard (Kenneth More) taking command of the Ops room in the Admiralty. Shepard lost his destroyer at Narvik at the hands of Admiral Karl Lutjens.
The film wastes no time in getting to the chase as it were and is full of excellent action scenes and performances. Kenneth More steals the film in my humble opinion supported ably by Dana Wynter and Geoffrey Keen (the Minister from James Bond). More is effectively 'reunited' with Laurence Naismith who played Captain Smith in "A Night to Remember" alongside More.
The film uses exact replicas of the Bismarck, Hood, Prince of Wales for the battle sequences and is used excellently when the Swordfish attack.

An added bonus is that Ed Murrow himself appears in brief scenes 'replaying' his "This is London" broadcasts.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Nov. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
SINK THE BISMARCK was produced as a factual account of the epic battle, overlaid with a thin patina of fiction involving a couple of the characters in order to put the events into human perspective. Specifically, Kenneth More stars as Captain Shepard, the new Director of Operations in the Admiralty's War Room, and Dana Wynter as his assistant, Lt. Anne Davis. It's Shepard's enormous bad luck that the German's decide to send the new battleship Bismarck on its first combat sortie (Operation Rheinübung) into the Atlantic during his initial day on the job. And, though Wynter is positively stunning in her "Wren" (WRNS, Women's Royal Naval Service) uniform, the acting, at least in the War Room, shows a distinct British reserve unlikely to elicit more than a tepid "Good show, what" from any viewer. But, after all, the story is principally about the great ships involved, and ships' models don't get considered for Oscars.
As far as it goes, the film's narrative is commendably consistent with the facts surrounding the Bismarck's departure from its home waters, its detection between Iceland and Greenland, the catastrophic destruction of HMS Hood, the pursuit by assorted ships of the Royal Navy, the Bismarck's ultimately fatal crippling by air attack, and the last battle when the Home Fleet finally brought its quarry to bay. However, there were several departures from accuracy as perceived in a recent PBS television presentation concerning deep dives to the wrecks of the Hood and the Bismarck, and other sources:
1. In the film, two British Swordfish torpedo bombers were destroyed by anti-aircraft fire during two attacks on the Bismarck.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer on 26 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
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A Very good war film that is riveting from start to finish, Sink the Bismarck! Is an exciting, thrilling film that boasts a very good cast and it is an entertaining picture successfully recreates the hunt for the famous battleship. I enjoyed the film, and think it's one of the best classic war films. The story is well thought out and there is enough tension and thrills on-screen that elevate the film. Although not as grand many other war films, this film has a more laid back feel to it in the way that it approaches its subject. The film still boasts some action, but it is more relaxed than say Saving Private Ryan.

Kenneth More delivers a strong performance here and he is one of the finest aspects of the film. The other is of course the battle scenes on the seas. They were very well done and were full of action and riveting moments of tension. The film is one of the defining genre films, and I think that the film deserves a second look as it is a far superior film than what you might think. This film is quit underrated and I don't think it deserves the negativity that some people have shown towards the film. The film is far better than what you might think, and it well acted and directed and overall the pace of the film is pretty fast, yet is nonetheless a gripping and entertaining picture that is worth seeing if you enjoy war films.
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