Run Silent, Run Deep
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
"Rich" Richardson (Clark Gable) is a hard-driving, dedicated submarine officer with a single-mindedpurposeto seek out and smash the Japanese destroyer he believes sank his former ship. Given a new command, Richardson drills his men to the point of mutiny as he relentlessly trains them for the battle ahead. At last, word comes of the destroyer's position, and, disobeying orders, Richardson finally confronts his foe, unaware that an even greater enemy lurks nearby...one who's been targeting him for a watery grave. Co-starring Burt Lancaster as Gable's executive officer, this gripping WWII adventure-thriller set a new standard for submarine pictures. "Severely, nail-bitingly tense" (The New York Times), Run Silent, Run Deep is the most exciting film about the "silent service" ever made.
A movie's lasting value can often be measured by its influence in the years and decades following its original release, and on that basis Run Silent, Run Deep is certainly a classic of sorts. It remains one of the seminal World War II submarine pictures, and its intelligent script and tautly executed action are clearly echoed in such later submarine dramas as Das Boot and especially Crimson Tide, which borrows liberally from this 1958 film.
In one of his best and final roles (he appeared in only four films after this), Clark Gable plays a submarine captain without a command, having been saddled with a desk job after his previous ship was destroyed due to his overzealous pursuit of the enemy in dangerous Japanese waters. He finally gets another boat--this time with a vigilant first officer (Burt Lancaster), who stands poised to assume command if Gable puts his crew in unnecessary danger. The tension and mutual respect between these two principled men is superbly written and directed (Robert Wise was just two years away from his triumph with West Side Story), and the crucial inclusion of a strong supporting cast (including Jack Warden and Don Rickles) enhances the movie's compelling authenticity. Based on a novel by former submarine commander Edward L. Beach, Run Silent, Run Deep is rousing entertainment with the added benefit of paying honorable tribute to the men who navigated through the most frightening and claustrophobic channels of the Pacific theater. --Jeff Shannon
- 8-Page Booklet
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
The DVD Run Silent Run deep ran perfect, staring Clark Gable as Commander Richardson the captain of the US sub and Burt Lancaster as his Lieutenant XO. This is a great B/W movie that comes with a great pamphlet describing the movie and its actors and a little about Commander Beach.
We see Richardson's first sub sank in the Bongo straights by a super efficient fast Japanese destroyer. Many of his crew are killed and Richardson is handed a desk job. Four US subs are mysteriously destroyed in the Bongo straights before Richardson pleads to the high command and gets back as captain of a sub. We see his XO (Burt Lancaster) disappointed he did not get command.
Richardson orders drills and drills for fast submergence, with periscope ready to prepare for a bow shot at the Japanese destroyer that sank his previous sub. He sinks some tankers and freighters and draws in the destroyer. However Japanese planes are tipped off by garbage thrown overboard from the sub and the sub is almost sunk. Three men on the sub are killed and Richardson receives a concussion that later will kill him. With the help of the XO the sub sinks the hated destroyer and then mysterious signals are heard. A Japanese sub fires on his sub. This is the sub that sunk four US subs. Richardson and the XO sink the sub before Richardson collapses and dies.
Great battle scenes and fantastic action. Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster mesh great in this movie. So far the greatest submarine/war movie I have ever seen. 5 stars plus!
The acting, of all in the cast, was first rate. The story was taut and suspenseful. The special effects were vintage 1958, and should be judged good for the time. It was a pleasure to see this one again!
The special-effects were great. The underwater sequences with the
miniatures was top-notch.
The quality of the 1958 print was excellent.
Highly recommended for anyone with ANY interest in The Navy...
or submarines. Many familiar faces, including a subdued Don Rickles.