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Hunley [DVD] [1999] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Excellent movie based on history.
The story of the Confederate submarine Hunley
Some big movie actors in this movie who all play excellent roles in bringing to life
the very early days of submarine warfare.
Anyone interested in the hunley should get this and watch very good movie.
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When you look at a good western,this ain't right.
The great actors Assante & Sutherland plays in the civil war drama about the CSS HUNLEY one of the first submarine in war.You must be interested in the american civil-war - than this movie is a treasure for you.
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By Flynn on 2 Oct. 2013
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Very happy with the quality of this dvd.
Well would the price.
I would recommend this to my friends
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d813f48) out of 5 stars Confederate Naval History Revisited 6 Jan. 2000
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Being a native of South Carolina, I was deeply touched by this film largely about a chapter in S.C.'s history during the Civil War. It was an accurate depiction of the facts as they related to the Union blockades, and the subsequent effects that have been diligently recorded by historians, of those blockades. The Hunley was indeed a remarkable fete of engineering for the time, and I am proud of fact that it was moored in my native state. Thank you for making a film that did not make Southerners out to be a bunch of dirty, illiterate losers, like most films have in the past. I appreciate the lack of stereotyping involved in the telling of this historical drama. As always, Donald Sutherland did a magnificent job of portraying Gen.Beauregard. Armand Assante did an adequate job as Lt.Dixon; however his southern accent tended to drift into something else. Perhaps his Odyseus accent. This is a film, however, that is well worth any good southerner's time to watch; and even if you're not southern, but a Civil War history buff, you will appreciate the historical relevance of this remarkable story.
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d8183cc) out of 5 stars A true-life tale of bravery beyond the call of duty 1 Sept. 2001
By Stogie Chomper - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased and watched "The Hunley" to increase my knowledge of this Confederate submarine and her brave crew. I have been following the actual excavation of the Hunley since it was recovered from the silt of Charleston Bay, and the remains of its crew, including Lt. George E Dixon, have now been found. Right where Dixon's pocket used to be, they found the gold coin given to him by his sweetheart, the coin that stopped a bullet and saved his life at Shiloh, a real event that is presented in the film.
The movie of the Hunley necessarily had to add dramatic and fictional elements, and for the most part, they were enjoyable. The crew includes an angry Irishman who likes to fight, an Englishman who doesn't, and a groom who misses his wife. As comic relief perhaps, a young Confederate soldier begs to join the crew and tries to impress Dixon and Beauregard by regularly jumping into the sea fully dressed and splashing about. He is finally accepted.
Why would a third crew attempt to man the Hunley when two previous crews drowned? The film answers that by showing the increasing desperation of the residents of Charleston as offshore Union battleships regularly bombard the blockaded city. The only hope of victory over the overwhelming opposing force is to strike an effective blow against the Yankee Navy, and the Hunley does it, sinking the USS Housatonic with a spear-mounted torpedo. The sub, however, never returned to port, ending the hope for victory. The film speculates as to what might have happened following the Hunley's first and last mission.
Armand Assante is a fine actor, and does a credible job portraying the determined George E Dixon. However, Lt. George E Dixon, was much younger (in his early 20s), was blonde and over six feet tall. Knowing that fact did not help me to appreciate Assante's portrayal, as I like authenticity.
At the end of the film I felt both sadness and admiration for the lost crew of the Hunley. Bravery and valor are not always rewarded with success or fame, but at last the crew has come home for burial. God bless them.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d818378) out of 5 stars Historically accurate, for the most part. 23 Oct. 1999
By Charlie Pleasants (cwp123@mindspring.com) - Published on Amazon.com
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Historically accurate, for the most part.For once a Civil War movie that does not vilify the South. These were brave men, pioneers in naval warfare defending their homeland. Must see for Civil War Buffs,
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d81833c) out of 5 stars Great telling of a little-known piece of naval history 19 Jun. 2000
By Alan R. Holyoak - Published on Amazon.com
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The Hunley was the name of a human-powered experimental submersible developed and employed by the Confederacy during the American Civil War (or "War Between the States"). This movie does an excellent job of explaining the mechanics of the Hunley, but, more importantly, it delves into the minds and souls of men like those who may have actually manned her. As another reviewer aptly pointed out, this movie not only did that, but presented the southern sailors who manned the Hunley as brave men rather than as some kind of villains.
The cast is headed by Armand Assante, the captain of a crew that mans the Hunley, and Donald Sutherland who is the general in overall command of the project.
Be prepared for a look into the conflicted and tormented mind of Assante's character -- a consequence of the loss of his beloved wife. Assante works as a man driven, and, at that same time, as one who has nothing to lose. The supporting cast does a great job in moving character and story-line development along.
This is a far superior movie to another period made-for-TV movie, "Ironclads". "The Hunley" is better in its story development, drama, and acting. But, if you are a naval history buff, you should also give "Ironclads" a look.
As for "The Hunley"...5 stars, an excellent offering, especially for a made-for-TV movie.
Alan Holyoak
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d81839c) out of 5 stars An Admirable Walk into the American Past 15 April 2006
By Dr. Victor S. Alpher - Published on Amazon.com
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Actual research on the now-raised Hunley and its crew suggests some of the information in this historical drama may be incorrect, but its spirit is not flawed. It shows well the diverse personalities that would come together in one of the landmark projects of Naval warfare in one of the great desperate attempts to turn the tide of the American Civil War toward southern Independence.

By 1864, the Federal blockade had choked the southern Nation dry of almost all imported goods that could not be carried over land afer arriving in Matamoros, Mexico. The development of a truly practical underwater "torpedo boat" that could break the Union blockade was of necessity--blockade runners could not provide sufficient staples let alone war materiel. It took an ingenious engineer H. L. Hunley and an intrepid group of men to follow a drowned crew to show that underwater stealth warfare on a ship-sinking scale was possible. Unfortunately, it again yielded deadly results for the crew.

Viewers of the film will see excellent performances, absent the gore of parallel production "Andersonville"--inspiring in a way that shows why combatants on opposite sides of many conflicts come together many years later in mutual respect and admiration. Small wonder that tens of thousands attended the final military funeral of the remains of the Hunley crew in 2004, in Charleston, South Carolina, or that a German writer would ask: "Where's the DVD?"

While this is a genre of film that does not appeal to everyone, it will appeal to those who wish to understand what the conflict was like on the home front (Charleston), the types of personalities involved (from an apparently non-military crewman to the ambitious Pierre Toutaint Gustave Beauregard, eager to redeem himself after being shuffled off to South Carolina in the wake of failure at Manassas). Armand Assante puts in a great performance as Lt. Dixon, a part he apparently was not cast for but sought.

All in all, this is much more than a costume drama, and if the viewer will also read the historically accurate accounts of what was found in the actual raised H.L. Hunley craft (e.g. by Mark Ragan), it is an even more worthwhile journey into the past.
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