Thieves fall out when over a half million dollars goes missing after the daring and carefully planned robbery of the Los Angeles Coliseum during a football game, each one accusing the other of having the money.
Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub in the depths and the captain begins a relentless pursuit, pushing his crew to the breaking point. This one's grim tension to the end.Written by
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The name of the Bedford's Captain, "Eric Finlander" (Richard Widmark), is an obvious reference to the nation of Finland, which has a long and troubled history with its much larger neighbor to its east, the U.S.S.R./Russia. Finland was actually part of Russia for more than a century, and as an independent nation fought Russia in the Winter War and the Continuation War, which together cost Finland ten percent of its population, and in which Russia's war dead totalled more than three hundred thousand. See more »
Most of the "inaccuracies" of the film's plot and events follow the novel itself, including the ASROC firing. The explanation of those has been given by the author, Mark Rascovich, in his note to the novel, "Some of the techniques and equipment ... have been deliberately obscured." See more »
You have a torpedo evasion plan, don't you? Well have you or haven't you? Captain! C'mon, you knew there was this chance. Do something! Finlander! Answer me, damn you!
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Reportedly, there are two versions with different endings. One version ends with a missile being fired and a torpedo being released from the sub seconds before. In another version the sub is destroyed, and later that evening the German commodore is found aiming a .45 at the nose cone of a live missile. The captain asks why, the commodore gives some reply and pulls the trigger. Mr. Munceford is blown over the side, but survives. See more »
Along the same lines as FailSafe this is a tense Cold War drama with a cat and mouse game going on between an iron willed Navy Captain and an essentially unseen Soviet submarine. Great performances all around are what make this a good film. Richard Widmark is great as the somewhat tyrannical ships skipper who has his crew drilled, trained and poised for all out war up to the breaking point. Sidney Poitier as always does another superb job as the journalist aboard to do a story of a Navy deployment and gets more than what was expected. Despite the fact that an individual like the Poitier character would not enjoy that much freedom aboard a US Naval vessel this motion picture is quite realistic. Martin Balsam and James MacArthur also put in outstanding performances with Balsam as a newly arrived unappreciated ships doctor and MacArthur as an Ensign who is dogged endlessly by his commanding officer.
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