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The Sea Chase

4.4 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews

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Adventure, drama and romance of an outlaw ship and the = people aboard her. Based on Andrew Geer's novel.

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Product Details

  • Actors: John Wayne, Lana Turner, David Farrar, Lyle Bettger, Tab Hunter
  • Directors: John Farrow
  • Writers: Andrew Geer, James Warner Bellah, John Twist
  • Producers: John Farrow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 3, 2005
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007P0XCS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,609 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sea Chase" on IMDb

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By John A Lee III on July 2, 2005
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In this sea drama John Wayne plays the same type of rugged individualist that he always did but there is a surprise. He plays a loyal German sea captain during the opening days of World War II and does so in a distinctly sympathetic fashion. This may at first seem counterintuitive for John Wayne fans but the key is that he is not a Nazi. In fact, he is an outspoken critic of the Nazi party. That is how he finds himself cashiered from the German navy and in command of a tramp steamer.

The captain finds himself in Australia at the outbreak of the war. He breaks out in an attempt to bring his ship safely back to Germany. Though he loathes the regime, he is a loyal German. Getting to Germany is only the least of his problems. He is saddled by his consulate with the transport of a German spy in the form of Femme Fatale, Lana Turner. To make matters worse, his second officer is an ardent Nazi who thinks nothing of committing the occasional atrocity against shipwrecked seamen. The icing on the cake is the Royal Navy warship that pursues him across the South Pacific with an old family friend aboard her as one of the officers.

Throughout the entire ordeal, Wayne portrays the captain as a man dedicated to his own ideals and his own conception of valor. This makes dealing with Nazis, spies, mutinous crewmen and friend in the opposing navy just that much more difficult.

Wayne is often criticized for playing the same one dimensional character over and over again. I see him as playing parts he believes in over and over again. He generally does a good job of it and this film is no exception. Principles have a price and Wayne pays the price, doing so with gallantry.
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This is one of those odd movies that have, quite nexpectedly, the quality of masterpieces. It was the best surprise I have ever had in a cinema. Full of images (the smashed lifeboats, the rats, the final storm) and a situation that lingers in the mind. It is a somehow "special" film and a perfect but unconventional sea adventure. Perhaps because of its unconventional plot and narrative it manages to be quite unforgettable. One of John Wayne's best. Some brilliant camera-work.
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I have to say, this movie is wonderful and has wonderful people in it. John Wayne was a brilliant actor, and is so in this movie.

The fact he's a German who is vehemently anti-Nazi is a calling to people in coutries that fall under the same circumstances as Germany under Hitler that they don't have to take it. I think many people miss this point and say "oh, isn't it nice there are always nice people on both sides...". Yes, there's that too, but the other point should be taken as well.

I'm shocked by all the reviews here that complain about the lack of German accents. These people obviously have NO classic movie knowledge/haven't watched many classics. John Wayne would have been laughed out of the theater in this film if he'd had a German accent!

There's also complaints about Lana always being "fixed" and pulled together. Here's why: movies used to be MOVIES. There were escapism and entertainment. People didn't used to like going to the movies to see people be "real" and get all roughed up. They liked the glamour. So if Lana's dress is never wrinkled, that was a good thing.

AND!...

They could use their imaginations a little! Back then--when they made good, decent, classic, wonderful movies with people that actually had talent--the public didn't need someone's guts to fall out and blood to splatter everywhere to understand someone was hurt when they were shot. You'd here a bang and the person would fall down, and that was good enough. So, really, do you need The Duke to attempt a ridiculous German accent to understand he's German??? Not that he couldn't do it, but why would you want him to?

So, I just HAD to post a review to address that nonsense from other posters. The movie is great with two of the greatest movies stars of all time (The Duke being *the greatest ever*). I'd highly recommend it. It's full of action with a good helping of romance. Fantastic!
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For some reason I never thought of Wayne as playing the role of a German sea captain. Well, he does here and does very well indeed in this very entertaining film. Here he has a decent script to work with that gives him an opportunity to shine. Both Wayne and Turner seem to grow in their respective roles.

The film looks and sounds great on DVD with its original CinemaScope aspect ratio intact. A very entertaing film set on the high seas. Enjoy.
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Having John Wayne play a German Ship Captain (and an anti-nazi one at that) in World War Two made for an enjoyable change from his 'usual' roles, and underlined an important, though understated historical fact: that not all Germans in that time period were pro-Hitler, though they fought for their country out of love for country. That was so well shown when Wayne's character threw out the Swastika Flag and raised the World War One German Battle flag when his ship was challenged. This was a prime example of what made it an enjoyable film for me.
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I haven't watched the film a million times, but I am getting near the number. I am not a great fan of John Wayne, and I can not explain it. If it is a movie that I enjoy and Wayne is in it, good. I dislike war movies, and I detest westerns with three exceptions: ''Shane'', ''Once apon a time in the old West'', ''How the west was Won''. ...................... This is for me a Lana Turner movie. Her entry in the film has to be in the top ten leading lady seductions: of the viewer. Before we see her face we see the reactions of the crew as she approaches the ship. No one could wear a mink coat as Lana Turner could, could carry a coat like she did. She climbs a staircase in our face, we can not see much, but; it is obvious the crew can see more. The camera does many close ups of her face: so much so that one forgets her performance. The Lady was more than good. She believes every line she speaks. Lana does some wonderful things with her role. I never get the feeling that she is trying to perform. At this time Lana was nearing twenty years in front of the camera. She had made a test for the Scarlet O'Hara part in ''Gone with the Wind''. She worked with Gable, Taylor, Tracey, Milland, etc. She was never given the credit she should have received. In ''Sea Chase'', she has a tender scene with this older sailor. She could be cold, and soft, stiff and gentle, warm and loving. Without her, the movie would have been a second on a drive-inn theatre deal.
After Louis B. Meyer left M.G.M. the ''stars'' that were in heaven were let go as soon as possible: or, so they say. The new head of the Studio didn't care much for Lana, as they say. The lady worked. 1937 until 1966 in top drawer A movies. Oh! The dress. She wears only mink and this cream colored scoop neck dress, apart from a couple of sweaters and blue jeans, a nurse sort of uniform etc. Watch the movie. She was a ''star'', but please don't let that stop you from enjoying her.
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