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Sink the Bismarck [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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A British captain and his Wren aide lead the 1941 pursuit of the sinister German battleship.
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
All in all if tension, action and drama appeal to the viewer, then this film is a must see, and despite it's age will suit any taste. Actually, being filmed in black and white enhances the experience and is in no way detrimental to it's depiction of this exciting story.
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very good representation of the events leading up to the Bismarck's demise. Not a documentary of course, but very well done for its time.Published 22 days ago by Tonythetiger
An excellent film, with a pedigree going back to the year it was made.Published 3 months ago by K. Archer
This was an excellent film portrayed by very good actors depicting the war at sea.Published 4 months ago by Doris Clayton
Another great ww2 dvd. This is set deep underground where new Kenneth More plays the unpopular newcomer who has the task of finding the notorious & dangerous Bismarck & sinking... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elainey
This is a great film remember seeing it at the cinemar when it first came out and have always enjoyed it.Published 4 months ago by Paul Wilkin