Hell Boats PG

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An American commander, serving under the British Royal Army in 1942, is assigned to blockade the island of Malta and told to formulate a plan to destroy the Nazi arsenal in Sicily.

Starring:
James Franciscus, Elizabeth Shepherd
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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Hell Boats

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Product Details

Genres Military & War, Drama
Director Paul Wendkos
Starring James Franciscus, Elizabeth Shepherd
Supporting actors Ronald Allen, Reuven Bar-Yotam, Mark Hawkins, Magda Konopka, Drewe Henley, Inigo Jackson, Takis Emmanuel, Philip Madoc, John G. Heller, David Savile, Sean Barrett, Bernard Davies, Moultrie Kelsall, Peter Burton, Andreas Malandrinos, Robert Rietty
Studio MGM
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By C. Andrews on May 28, 2012
Format: DVD
The cover blurb is a bit misleading. Franciscus plays an American volunteer with the Royal Navy who is a Motor Torpedo Boat captain. After action in the Channel, he is selected to proceed to Malta under sealed orders. He discovers he is to destroy an Italian submarine pen in Sicily being used by the Germans to store glide bombs being used against British convoys. This is during the time that Rommel has driven as far East in Egypt as possible, and Malta is under siege.

Franciscus has to come up with his own workable plan of attack, which will probably be suicidal. He has to gain the respect and cooperation of the MTB base, and make a recce behind the lines to get a handle on the objective. There is a love triangle with the base commander and his wife which slows things down a bit, though.

I am not sure of the postwar type used, but I'm thinking that these may be Vosper Rescue and Towing Target Launches made up to look like MTB's and E-boats. There's some model work as well. However, if you want films more on torpedo boat tactics, They Were Expendable or PT-109 might be better bets.
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Powerful story about love, loyalty and war. Great bravery, strong characters and good story line with plenty of war time action.
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Not bad if you like war movies but could use more action. Weird love story in the middle with difficult mission at the end
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By spauva on January 15, 2014
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Yes is it corny, you betcha. But is it awesome, oh yeah!! Great addition to my collection. Scenes a bit hokey, but a good overall pick.
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By Jeffrey W Nelson on January 4, 2014
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Rare movie on sea action in the Med and more rare on MTB. Good action ! Plot line like 633 Sqd.

Fun Sat movie.
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