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Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie, Wendy Hiller. After a British naval ship gets torpedoed, a high-ranking officer ends up stranded on a German-occupied island and has a brief affair with an English beauty while waiting for help from the British Navy. 1953/b&w/83 min/NR/fullscreen.
Based on the WWI adventure novel Brown on Resolution by C.S. Forester, Sailor of the King is an enjoyable British-made war drama buoyed by its energetic star, Jeffrey Hunter, and an exciting and suspenseful premise. The picture opens on a slow note with British Navy captain Michael Rennie ending a tryst with English girl Wendy Hiller; years later, the product of that union is British-Canadian sailor Jeffrey Hunter, whose ship is dispatched to intercept a powerful German warship by now-Admiral Rennie. The ensuing fight sinks Hunter's ship and damages the German boat, but Hunter evades capture and hunkers down on the island where the Nazi captain (Peter Van Eyck) has docked for repairs; there he wages a one-man assault against the ship using only a rifle and his own skills. Roy Boulting's direction is crisp and assured, and the cast, especially the underappreciated Hunter (in his first leading role), is uniformly fine, which should make Sailor of the King a worthwhile discovery for WWII action fans. The DVD includes two endings--the original British release, which adds to the Rennie-Hiller relationship, and the pat American conclusion. -- Paul Gaita
I first saw this movie as a kid watching NBC Saturday Night At The Movies in 1962. It made a big impact on me, and I was happy to find this reasonably-priced DVD. Read morePublished 14 days ago by bfrederi
Excellent! My Dad (then in the Royal Navy) took part in the film as an 'extra' - playing a German officer; great stuff!Published 3 months ago by Jonny H
This is a good story but a bit dated and could use a rewrite , The second ending doesn't help it much.
Nice to see real ships in a WWII movie which is why I bought it.
This was a great story. Movie had realistic naval action and classic British acting. The only major drawdown was the obvious small arms mistakes . Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tom Maxwell
A really different story from WW II. Hunter is great as a young seaman on a British ship tasked with finding and sinking an iconic German battleship.Published 9 months ago by Honest Abe
generally a good film but it did not reach my expectations.Published 11 months ago by Patrick Howard