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Torpedo Run (1958)

Approved | | Drama, War | 11 January 1959 (UK)
A submarine commander is forced to blow up a Japanese ship with prisoners.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Richard Sale (screenplay), William Wister Haines (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Lt. Cmdr. Barney Doyle
Ernest Borgnine ... Lt. Archer 'Archie' Sloan
Diane Brewster ... Jane Doyle
Dean Jones ... Lt. Jake 'Fuzz' Foley
L.Q. Jones ... 'Hash' Benson
Philip Ober ... Adm. Samuel Setton
Richard Carlyle ... Cmdr. Don Adams
Fredd Wayne ... Orville 'Goldy' Goldstein
Don Keefer ... Ens. Ron Milligan
Robert Hardy ... Lt. Redley
Paul Picerni ... Lt. Burt Fisher
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Storyline

The commander of an American submarine during World War II sets out to destroy the Japanese Aircraft carrier which launched the attack on Pearl Harbour. His wife and child have been captured by the Japanese and they are using them and other prisoners of war as human shields for the carrier. Written by Daniel Bruce <danielb@genasys.com.au>

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The greatest submarine picture of them all !

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell Below See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| 4-Track Stereo

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In Nov. 1958, MGM distributed this film on a double bill with Fiend Without a Face as the second feature in some locations. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where the submarine is using a torpedo to trigger mines, the torpedo triggers a mine but can be seen continuing on its course without damage. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Redley: Sir, may I say something?
Lt. Cmdr. Barney Doyle: If there's time.
Lt. Redley: One night in the Kattegat, German U-boats chased us into a mine field, and... we made them think they'd killed us by exploding one of their own mines.
Orville 'Goldy' Goldstein: With what, good wishes?
Lt. Redley: No, we were saving those. We used our stern tubes, sir.
[long pause]
Lt. Cmdr. Barney Doyle: Stern tubes, stand by.
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Opening credits prologue: SOUTH PACIFIC 1942 See more »

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Old Fahioned Which Isn't A Bad Thing For Brits
1 March 2014 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

This is one of these films that we don't get nowadays and hasn't been produced for decades . Hardly surprising since 1945 only two submarines have killed ships in conflict . The first one being the Pakistani submarine PNS Hangor that sunk the Indian frigate INS Khukri in the 1971 India - Pakistan war and the last time was the Argentine Cruiser The General Belgrano being sunk by HMS Conqueror in the 1982 Falklands War . On top of the 1981 movie DAS BOOT has got to be the last word on this sub genre of war movie . It's very easy to express tension in these type of movies , of having silent routine as enemy ships patrol over head dropping depth charges and have close ups of submarine crewmen with beads of sweat slowly dripping down there foreheads but DAS BOOT did this type of drama so effectively and so vividly any successor would be a very pale imitation

TORPEDO RUN on its own merits isn't a bad film . It doesn't break any new ground but follows the formula rather well . Like so many other films especially American war films there's a fair bit of artistic licence used such as no American submarine actually penetrated the Tokyo harbour during the war and the mega massive Japanese aircraft carrier is an invention for the film . There is a slightly annoying aspect and that is many of the model shots look unconvincing but this is common problem seeing as scale involving fire and water are impossible to achieve on screen and even DAS BOOT suffered slightly from this

One thing the film does deserve great credit for is the British character Lt Redley played by Robert Hardy . All too often recent American productions such as SAVING PRIVATE RYAN and BAND OF BROTHERS portray the Brits as either amateurish buffoons needing rescuing by the tough , brave and resourceful Americans or make an already bad situation much worse leaving the hard pressed Americans to pick up the pieces while the British stop to drink some tea . Here we see Redley put forward a suggestion that gets the crew out of a very tight spot . Nice to see the war shown as a joint effort amongst allies who had a mutual respect for one another


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