Grim 1957 thriller about the sinking of a luxury cruise liner in the Atlantic that leaves 27 survivors in a lifeboat built for 9, with a major storm approaching.
Executive Officer Tyrone Power realizes that the weakest will have to be 'passed over the side', i.e. thrown overboard, if anyone is to survive.
Although a little slow moving and melodramatic at times, the harsh realities of survival and the implications of responsibility of command are authentically developed and portrayed.
Loosely based on a real incident (the sinking of the William Brown in 1841) Seven Waves Away (AKA Abandon Ship!), is well worth watching for its unusual, powerful and honest theme.
Remade in 1975 as a very good TV movie, The Last Survivors, with Martin Sheen.