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Sink the Bismarck! (1960)

Kenneth More , Dana Wynter , Lewis Gilbert  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner, Laurence Naismith, Geoffrey Keen
  • Directors: Lewis Gilbert
  • Writers: C.S. Forester, Edmund H. North
  • Producers: John Brabourne
  • Format: Anamorphic, Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 1.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: May 20, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008AOTR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,852 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It's spring 1941, and Great Britain is the only country in Europe yet to be defeated by the Nazi army, but all of that could change soon. The Nazis have launched their juggernaut battleship, the Bismarck, to close off British supply lines and ultimately invade England. A counterstrike is ordered, and with an arsenal of ships at their command, Royal intelligence officers Jonathan Shepard (Kenneth More) and Anne Davis (Dana Wynter) fight desperately to distroy the Bismarck.

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166 of 174 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Fine, Flawed Film August 2, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
The British have made war and historical movies with an unrivaled consistency of quality, and Sink the Bismarck is no exception. The details are meticulous, the casting first-rate (except for a hokey voice-impersonation of Churchill), and the battle sequences marked by accuracy and fine special effects.
This otherwise fine film is marred, however, by the false depiction of one of the major characters, Admiral Lutjens, commander of the Bismarck. In the film, he is stereotyped as the typical Nazi - a Hitler sycophant, careerist and wild-eyed fanatic. This was most certainly not the historical Lutjens, who was by no means a Nazi fanatic. Lutjens was a naval hero from World War I, who served out of duty and dedication, not Nazi conviction. (Lutjens protected Jews under his command, and members of his family were in trouble for their anti-Nazi views.) This is at complete odds with his depiction in Sink the Bismarck, which I find inexcusable, given that the above information was certainly available to the production. In fact, an accurate depiction of Lutjens would have, in my opinion, added interest to the plot.
Nevertheless, Sink the Bismarck is eminently watchable and a fine addition to any war movie collection, if you bear in mind the above caveat.
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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An all time favorite June 15, 2003
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I'm not entirely sure why I like this movie so very much, but I have loved it from the very first time I saw it more than 20 years ago and still watch it often. It is a dramatization of the true story of the short-lived first cruise of the German battleship "Bismarck", of the destruction it wrought and of the hunt to find and ultimately destroy it. Yes, there are some inaccuracies in the details of which ships took part in the hunt, as well as in the portrayal of German Admiral Gunther Lutjens, but the fact that this is a British movie, made while the scars of war were still a strongly living memory, should be borne in mind in this regard.
Among the things that make it worth viewing are: the presence of Edward R. Morrow recreating the atmosphere of his wartime London radio reports, the recreation of the Naval command center underneath the Admiralty building and the highly believable performance of Kenneth More (himself a wartime naval officer) as the deeply wounded Captain Shepherd. Dana Wynter also gives a delicately nuanced performance as Second Officer Anne Davis. The moment when she enters Shepherd's office and realizes that he is crying is beautifully done.
The highly restrained romantic undercurrent doesn't interfere with the main story line and is very believable for wartime professionals. One comes away from this movie knowing that a great menace to the eventual survival of Britain has been eliminated and that there may be hope for both the UK and for two lonely people.
The inclusion in the new DVD of some newreel footage of the actual event is a nice little bonus. The subject of the hunt for and destruction of the "Bismarck" has also recently been the subject of some recent documentaries. The story retains its impact, even after more than 60 years.
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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saw the DVD today - and liked it April 24, 2003
I watched an advance review copy of this DVD tonight and really enjoyed it. In addition to the movie, the DVD features not only the trailer for the main feature, but also a vintage 1941 MovieTone newsreel of the real battle to sink the Bismark and trailers for the other movies in the upcoming spate of "Fox War Classics" ("The Blue Max", "The Enemy Below", "Heaven Knows Mr. Allison", "The Desert Fox" and "13 Rue Madeleine."
Based on a book of the same name, which was in turn based on the real incidents in World War 2, the movie "Sink the Bismarck" retells the tale of the dogged effort by the British Royal Navy to track down and attempt to destroy the German battle cruiser Bismarck.
Much of the movie takes place at the Admiralty in London where the superb British actor Kenneth Moore surveys the ships as would a chess player on a large board, in an attempt to second guess and outmaneuver the German vessel.
The DVD is in fine shape and I did not notice any artifacts or nicks. Considering the age of the picture it is surprising that it should be so well prsented here, so full marks must go to 20th Century Fox. I have seen this movie before on television and I do not believe I have ever seen it looking as crisp and focused as it does on this DVD.
Altogether, this is easy to recommend especially considering the low price.

p.s. Viewers in the United States should also seek out, and watch, the superb 2-hour History Channel documentary of the same name. It would make an excellent companion-piece to this movie if the producers should decide to release it as a DVD.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie about a legendary ship December 13, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This movie is a good telling of the Bismarck's ill-fated cruise in May 1941. There are a few fictional elements added: two Swordfish being shot down (in reality none were lost), a British destroyer being sunk on the last night (only British loss was Hood), and Lutjens being a Nazi (Admrial Raeder actually sacked officers who were Nazis and made sure officers with Jewish blood were protected). The SFX are acceptable for the time the movie was made (1960), but it's easy to tell that the ships are models in a studio tank. With the discovery of the Hood's wreck and James Cameron's dive on the Bismarck wreck this movie comes back into focus. This is one movie that OUGHT to be remade today-and with today's SFX, it would be easy to show the ships-Bismarck, Prinz Eugen, Hood, Prince of Wales, King George V, Rodney, Norfolk, Suffolk, Dorsetshire, Victorious, Ark Royal, Sheffield, and the Tribal-class DDs of the 4th DD Flotilla (under a man whose career deserves a movie of his own-then CAPT Philip Vian).
All that's missing from this movie is Johnny Horton's song.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Bismarck Movie
I saw this movie as a kid and enjoyed it. I was glad to find it at a reasonable price.
Published 26 days ago by Robert Gray
3.0 out of 5 stars Plot sinks in Bismark!
Too much boring stuff going on in the British Naval Command Center. The action is fine, but rare in this movie about the Bismark, a huge German Battleship during WWII. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Crotter
5.0 out of 5 stars What an exiciting movie
How a great war ship was defeated. With guns and shells that powerful and yet, it was sunk. The German's were so powerful in their weapons but they still were beaten. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DannyO
5.0 out of 5 stars Sink the Bismark.
Kenneth More as the Navy Captain, who is given the responsibility of sinking the Bismark. His performance is both realistic and steadfast in his duties, even when he has to put his... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Peterllew
4.0 out of 5 stars A very good story
I have studied WWII and many battles. I did not know much about "Sink the Bismarck". What I have learned about the battle fit the story in the video. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert Seikel
4.0 out of 5 stars Sink the Bismarck
I am a WWII history addict and I had seen this before.
It is in Black and White and contains a little "corny romance" but other than that it is quite accurate in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by George Raitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Documovie of the Period
This movie was one of the best pictures made of the British verses German control of the North Atlantic in the early part of the Second World War. Read more
Published 1 month ago by steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Great sea movie
Excellent family movie fare. Consider this to be one of the better movies about the navy during the war. Would definately recommend for anyone to watch
Published 2 months ago by Wayne Koller
5.0 out of 5 stars Drama at its Best
My dad took me to see this movie when it first came out. Saw it again on a classic TV station and decided I wanted to own it. World War 2 buffs should love it.
Published 2 months ago by W. barone
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Having read the book, this movie is close to how it happened, even though the actual London events were fictionalized. Good story but a bit "pro British".
Published 3 months ago by 2bland
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