The Cruel Sea
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After 1942 this dilemma was turned into a blunt order when the Admiralty instructed anti-submarine vessels to make every attempt to destroy a U-boat thus carrying out their sole duty of protecting the convoy. At that time U-boats were believed to be diving close to the sinking ship so that their presence in the area would be harder to detect by the ship's Asdic radar. This often resulted in survivors losing their lives or being seriously injured from an indiscriminate depth charge attack. In the book by Herbert Gordon Male 'In All Respects Ready For Sea,' there is a true story of such an attack and the author gives such an account.
My father served on a anti-submarrine armed trawler during the war and his experiences were of special interest to the film's main star Jack Hawkins whom he met and became friends with during the completion of the film.Read more ›
This should be considered one bookend of the many movies covering the Second World War at sea, in the Atlantic, with the other being "Das Boot", covering the same war scenario, from opposite sides of the conflict.
A must see for an understanding and appreciation of the war at sea in WWII.
I have just ordered the movie, and if it gets across the fear that I felt when I had to go below deck to the engine room when I was under attack as well as the book does, it will deserve a five star rating.
All the experiences of war at sea are portrayed here, as if etched on the faces of the men. We see the effects on HMS Compass's crew having to live with the arduous conditions at sea and the horrors of war, rescuing poor wretched survivors from the sea, choking and covered in oil while all the time in fear of the unseen threat of a U-boat attack.
However, the most memorable scene, and one of which must surely be equal to any other in the history of this type of war film genre, has to be when Captain Ericson (Jack Hawkins) is forced to decide whether or not to attack a U-boat or save a group of survivors in the water directly above his intended target.
Historically after 1942 this dilemma was turned into a blunt order when the Admiralty instructed anti-submarine vessels to make every attempt to destroy a U-boat regardless of survivors in the water and thus carrying out its priority to protect the ships in the convoy. In the book by Herbert Gordon Male 'In All Respects Ready For Sea,' there is a true story of such an attack and the author gives his own account of how he and other survivors came under depth charge attack from a Royal Naval corvette.
My late father served on a anti-submarrine armed trawler during the war and his experiences were of special interest to the films main star, Jack Hawkins whom my father met and became friends.. My father always felt that this film was an important one in that it told a more factual story.Read more ›
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Excellent picture of what those brave men of WWII fighting the U-Boats and the sea.Published 1 month ago by Steve Greenhalgh
one of the great second world war films of all time. this film never got is just recognition.Published 2 months ago by Abracadabra
Old movie from my childhood. Could;t believe it was still available.Published 2 months ago by gene1410
This DVD was very disappointing because it would not play in the Macintosh DVD player. I have only gotten it to play one segment at a time in a video player that I downloaded. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Paul B Dobbs Jr
While fiction, this story is one of the best ever written describing what it was like doing the North Atlantic convoys in WWII. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Movie Guy
I saw this, when very young and it had a lasting impression on me. If you want to see a movie which conveys some of the horrors of war at sea, this would be the one. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Richard Smallwood
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