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  • Actors: Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie, Wendy Hiller, Bernard Lee, Peter van Eyck
  • Directors: Roy Boulting
  • Writers: C.S. Forester, Valentine Davies
  • Producers: Frank McCarthy
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English (Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MGBLJG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,423 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sailor of the King" on IMDb

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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.

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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

Customer Reviews

Good older movie, was hard to find anywhere else.
CZ
This is a great movie .... Jeffery always made good movies and very enjoyable .
William Bramble
If your a fan of WW II films this is a great one.
Robert

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78 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Tim V. Balistreri on March 3, 2007
Format: DVD
I caught this movie on American Movie Classics a few years ago and

hoped that one day it would be made available on DVD. Jeffrey

Hunter, a very underrated actor in one of his first starring roles,

is a Canadian sailor in England's Royal Navy. It is World War Two, and

his ship is hunting for a much-feared German battlecruiser. When his ship engages the cruiser in battle, the cruiser is damaged and his ship is sunk. He is taken prisoner aboard the German ship, and when the ship pulls into a remote island harbor for repairs, he escapes to the

island armed with a rifle and plenty of ammunition. He devises a plan

to shoot at the repair crews as they try to fix the ship, to delay

their departure. Doing that will give other Royal Navy ships time

to zero in on the cruiser's location and sink them.

A very good movie with a very satisfying ending...look for a pre-James

Bond Bernard Lee in a fine supporting role.

"Sailor of the King"...with a movie title like that, you can't go wrong.

Thanks, Fox!! Keep these greats coming!
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Great Movie Addict on August 29, 2007
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Maybe not the greatest war flick ever made, but a worthy example of some highly competent work by Director Ray Boulting, one of the principles involved in the evolution of British Lion Films Corp. Though Boulting's later films were often little more than generic comedies (including some work with Peter Sellers), this film is a good example of his earlier, more "morally earnest" work. The hero, who undertakes a lone mission from which he knows he will not return, is contrasted with both a flaky English officer and a fatalistic German commander. Some years ago I read somewhere that this story of a single hero seaman was based on an actual incident from World War II. In any case, the combat sequences are superbly produced - no wonder, since Boulting himself saw similar combat during the period this story covers. The sniping sequence is beautifully executed and edited -- you really do feel as if you're up there in the rocks when the artillery barrage surrounds you. The DVD is among the best b&w transfers around - clean, clear, film-like, with little of the digital over-sharpening often seen with monochrome; and the camera work is exceptional. Performances from all are quite good. Jeffrey Hunter looks even better here than he did in John Ford's "The Searchers" - with looks and talent like his, one questions why Hunter didn't achieve superstar status. The plot itself seems as if it had undergone a major revision at some point: the beginning and ending sequences seem as if they were designed to support some message about heroism and individual responsibility. But the message is murky, as if the writers weren't quite willing to make the commitment. Had they done so the film likely would have been raised to a near-classic level.Read more ›
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By cary grant on April 5, 2007
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Bravo to Fox for releasing some of the less famous but still superior classics. This is a one of a kind. It clearly establishes Jeffrey Hunter as the most talented of the 1950's handsome hunks.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Robert VINE VOICE on June 6, 2007
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I'd been waiting for years for this film to be released on DVD.

This is a great story about man captured by the germans after his ship was sunk by them.

He manages to escape the germans after they have to pull into what amounts to a fiord

and manages to delay the repairs being done on the ship long enough to allow the british

fleet to arrive.

I don't want to give a lot of detail, just make it seem worth looking into.

If your a fan of WW II films this is a great one.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. A. Luster on July 25, 2007
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Overall a good WWII movie. Starts with some romance and then changes to the lives ot two men aboard British naval ships. One a Captain played by Michael Rennie and the other a signalman played by Jeffrey Hunter. Now I may have missed something but I didn't see a clear line drawn between the two, only a possible hint of it. And there is suppose to be a line. The movie starts a little slow but soon gets into the rousing action of British ships tracking a German Raider that has sunk several ships. Good action, special effects, and acting make it well worth seeing. Jeffrey Hunter and Michael Rennie do very well in their respective roles as well as the support cast. I recommend it for the whole family. This is good and different enough from other WWII movies that I think it is worth owning.

Synopsis:
A young sailor becomes romantically involved with a woman he meets on a train while he is on furlough during World War I. They spend a night together after deciding to get married the next day. The next day they don't marry after she decides it won't work. Shift to action at sea during World War II around twenty years later. Jeffrey Hunter is a young signalman aboard a destroyer escorting a convoy. His ship and another ship are sent to catch a German Raider. His ship is sunk and he escapes off the German Raider with a rifle while it is conducting repairs at the Galapagos. The Germans are trying to get underway before the British ships reach them. Hunter wreaks havoc with the repair crew by sniping them and greatly hampering their efforts. - C. Luster
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