Number of Times Seen – 2 (Cable in the 90’s and 3 Mar 2019)
Brief Synopsis – During World War II, a submarine commander is sent on a new mission to the area where his ship was sunk a year earlier, but his second in command doesn’t agree with the way he does things which causes much tension aboard their ship.
My Take on it – I saw this film years ago on cable and immediately fell in love with the way the story is told.
They do a great job of showing how stressful command can be and that even great men who each know what they are doing might err and differ with one another when seeking to achieve a military objective.
The film is shot in a way that makes things feel even more claustrophobic since it all takes place within the confines of a submarine.
As the story moves along, the tension rises and we get an even bigger feeling of how claustrophobic things can get.
The cats is great and both Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster are superb in their roles.
They present us with two characters who are both quite charismatic which makes us question who to root for here because they both seem to be right about their choices and methods along the way.
We are never given a reason to dislike either of them which makes things more difficult because they do differ in their opinions of the situations they find themselves in.
This film utilizes its special effects quite well especially given the way things were done at the time this film was made.
There have been some great submarine films made overt the years but IMHO, this film still remains among the very best of them since they get so much right in the way that this film shows the way commanders deal with command decisions even where there is a difference of opinion among the officers of the crew while in the thick of battle.
Bottom Line – Excellent film about the stress of command and the fact that different men can see the same situation from different perspectives. The tension aboard this claustrophobic submarine gets higher and higher as the story moves along. Amazing cast led by Gable and Lancaster who are both superb in these roles because the audience is given no reason to dislike either of them. This allows us to root for both of them even when they each want very different things. The special effects are done quite well especially given the time frame of when this film was made. There have been some other great submarine movies made over the years but this still remains among the best because they are able to get so much right because it works so well as an example of commanders who have differing opinion who must deal with one another even in the thick of battle. Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Frank Gorshin was originally due to test for the role of Petty Officer Ruby but refused to fly to the testing. Instead, he drove and was involved in an accident, leaving him with a fractured skull. he spent four days in a hospital, and awoke to find that the role had been given to Don Rickles. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)
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