D: James B. Harris
Columbia/Bedford (James B.
UK/USA 🇬🇧 🇺🇸 1965
W: James Poe [based on the
novel by Mark Rascovich]
DP: Gilbert Taylor
Ed: John Jympson
Mus: Gerard Schurmann
Richard Widmark (Capt. Eric
Finlander), Sidney Poitier (Ben Munceford), Martin Balsam (Lt. Cmdr. Chester Potter), James MacArthur (Ensign Ralston), Eric Portman (Commodore Wolfgang
Though produced in Britain, the political
tension of this Cold War drama would have been magnified on the other side of the pond.
Set on-board a Naval destroyer, a belligerent
and ruthless captain gives chase to a soviet submarine and considers using nuclear arms, much against the recommendations of his advisors.
The two central performances of Richard
Widmark and Sidney Poitier are excellent and all the production values are incredibly well done considering the age of the movie.
The film has shades of Dr. Strangelove, though
without the satirical humour. Crimson Tide and The Hunt For Red October also touched on very similar themes.