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4.0 out of 5 stars A realistic and thoughtful look at men at war, with a fine performance by Jack Hawkins, 12 Jun 2007
This review is from: Cruel Sea [DVD] (DVD)
The Cruel Sea is, in my view, one of the best movies yet made dealing with naval men at war in WWII. It's the story of the Compass Rose, newly commissioned in 1940 as a convoy escort, and the officers and men who served on her. Her captain (Jack Hawkins) was fresh from the merchant marine; her new officers had seen almost no sea duty. They learned on the job as they protected convoys in the North Atlantic and then in the run to the Mediterranean.

What makes this movie so good is its matter-of-factness. There are no heroics, just men learning their jobs and doing their duty, with some who die and some who survive. The scene where Captain Ericson decides to use depth charges to destroy a suspected submarine hiding below a group of struggling survivors from a torpedoed freighter is harrowing. The DVD I saw has a good but by no means first-class image transfer.

The novel, The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat, is largely forgotten now. It remains one of the most evocative books to come out of WWII. The movie is well worth seeing. The book is certainly well worth reading.
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Initial post: 9 Mar 2010 19:23:10 GMT
Sou'Wester says:
It seems that reviews of the film seem to have been mingled with reviews of the book (presumably down to Amazon rather than individual reviewers?) but it does make life rather confusing for would-be purchasers. Suffice it to say that the film is very good but the book is brilliant. If you haven't seen either it is probably a good idea to start with the book first.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Aug 2012 16:15:11 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Aug 2012 16:15:45 BDT
Hungry Joe says:
I agree entirely, probably not the fault of the reviewers but this kind of computer generated comment is entirely inapropriate and of no help whatsoever concerning the book content.
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