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The Battle of the River Plate

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  • Actors: Anthony Quayle, Peter Finch, John Gregson, Bernard Lee, Christopher Lee
  • Format: Widescreen, NTSC, Color, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: Nov. 9 2010
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004176JJY
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Battle of the River Plate

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I was a young boy when I first watched this movie that came out some 45 years ago. It made a lasting impression on me and I was thrilled to finally find its copy on DVD. I was even more delighted to see that the movie is just as excellent as I remembered.

The battle of the River Plate was the first major engagement between the Royal Navy and the Kriegsmarine in 1939. Just before the outbreak of war, the pocket battle ship Graf Spee had been sent to the South Atlantic to sink British merchant vessels. It was engaged by a British task force consisting of cruisers HMS Achilles, HMS Ajax, and HMS Exeter. Although outgunned by the powerful guns of the German, the British ships engaged the battle and hit the German battleship who ran and sought refuge in neutral Uruguay. Under international law, the German ship could stay no longer than the time necessary to make her seaworthy. While everyone expected the Graf Spee to come out of the River Plate with all her guns firing at the British, the battle never took place. Graf Spee was scuttled at the limit of international waters, and admiral Langsdorff committed suicide. This was a prelude to the war at sea where the Royal Navy was never to be challenged directly by the powerful German battleships and was always to engage German war ships regardless of the odds.

Made at a time when memories of WWII were still very much vivid, the movie presents a balanced portrait of the main characters in the drama. Admiral Langsdorff is not pictured as a Nazi thug but as a sailor who fought decently according to the law of the sea. (Incidentally, one can note that he never gives a Hitler salute throughout the movie). The production of this relatively old movie is just magnificent. There are beautiful images of the sea and of real ships, not models.
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This is a good film largely based on real events. Late in 1939, a few months after Britain's entry into the war, three small Royal Navy cruisers go after the Graf Spee, a much more heavily armed German battle cruiser, in the South Atlantic. They are successful due to good tactics and peristence in the face of withering fire. The acting is excellent as are the characterizations. Some of the battle scenes employing models may seem a bit shaky to those who are used to computer enhanced images.
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this movie is a piece of WW 2 history. If you are 'into' WW 2 then this is a good one to add to your collection.
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Well researched, good direction, acting is not over done, nor is the plot. The use of dis-information to confuse the Germans is as important to the movie as are the battle scenes. Use of WWII british cruisers greatly enhances the battle scenes. All in all, better than Hollywood could hope to do.
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Seeing a "war movie" where actual participants, in this case some of the British ships, is always a joy. It is an interesting insight into Captain Langsdorf and some of his thoughts and attitudes. Admittedly some of the action is limited to the techniques of the day, but the story behind the story is fantastic, and the Admiral's remark about the German shooting being good as they too the heads off his golf clubs is so human, no one could feel left out. I will never tire of this film
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I have searched for this movie for years and now have it. It is a great movie and the seller provided excellent shipping service.
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I acquired this after seeing a bit of it on TV. The cinematography of the actual ships was what drew me. It was also fun to see a lot of the actors of that era playing the Brit "stiff upper lip" and to be immersed in the world view of that era. It's curious to encounter the concept of honour among warriors in a WWII movie, but then the events covered in this one occurred early in the conflict.
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This is a good illustration of one of the first Allied successes of the war - paints a very sympathetic picture of the main characters in this drama - well restored images - some of the model work was a bit "iffy" but the film was made in 1956 - great actors - well worth having and watching
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