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The Sea Chase [Region 2] [import]

John Wayne , Lana Turner , John Farrow    DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Wayne, Lana Turner, Tab Hunter, David Farrar, Claude Akins
  • Directors: John Farrow
  • Format: PAL, Import, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VT43PI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,132 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Karl Ehrlich just wants to go home 23 Aug 2005
By bernie VINE VOICE
This story is told secondhand by Cmd. Jeff Napier as he recalls it. So it is one long flashback with narration.
Capt. Karl Ehrlich (John Wayne) is the German captain of a tramp steamer in an Australian harbor. Cmd. Jeff Napier an old friend is showing off his new fiancée Elsa Keller (Lana Turner). From their eye movement it looks as though the captain and Elsa know each other. When the commander steps out, Karl confronts Elsa with her past and sends her packing.
Things heat up pretty fast from here. Even though the captain is an old naval officer he was dismissed when he opposed the Nazi régime. But he is still a German nationalist. With the invasion of Poland Australia is dragged into the war leavening Karl with only a small chance of sneaking the ship out in the fog. At the last minute the German Consulate hands him one of their best agents (spies). One guess as to who that agent may be.
Now the chase is on and Cmd. Jeff Napier has a professional and personal reason to track down Karl before he reaches Germany.
The real story is that of the action between the different members of the crew. The nature of the agent adds complications to the voyage. And there is a conflict of morals aboard.
Will Capt. Karl Ehrlich make it home?
Or will Cmd. Jeff Napier blow him out of the water?
What becomes of Elsa?
"What flag is that sir? It does not have a swastika."
"That is the German Imperial Battle Flag"
A fun side interest in this movie is that instead of the standard John Wane repertoire of actors, this is an interesting mix including, Tab Hunter, James Arness, and Claude Akins.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars High Romance On The High Seas 12 Feb 2008
John Wayne plays, in this watchable adventure, a German sea captain, demoted to a tramp steamer for his anti-Nazi views (cornily and inevitably!), who is in Sydney when "the balloon goes up" and war is about to be declared. His friend, a British naval officer, visits his ship in port and shows off his lush girlfriend (Lana Turner -- what a babe!), who is in reality a German spy. Wayne has "known" her in the past as being a girl of "colourful" history and makes this known to his friend, who is henceforth not a friend! Wayne, Lana, the Nazi spy, extremist First Officer and crew all slip out of port, pursued by the British. On a normally uninhabited island, a maritime rescue station, the First Officer murders the mariners there and steals their supplies. Wayne is blamed by the British and the transworld chase is on...

A fairly intelligent film, despite the Hollywood-filmic inevitability of the Nazi First Officer being both sadist and coward. The film was made in the 1950's, closer to WW2 itself and before the advent of such as Spielberg, so the fantasy propaganda takes a back seat. The sea scenes are well filmed and the ending imaginative. Worth seeing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars blood alley/sea chase 17 April 2012
By ess
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although the box is in german this does not detract from the filme and you can choose which language to watch these films in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
By Tracy
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Brilliant and difficult to find product. :)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sea Chase 28 July 2013
By Ian
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Was a bit dubious about import, but no need to worry even after it came with the cover in another language. Film quality was very good and was in Engish. Another one for my collection.
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