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The Battle of the River Plate

Anthony Quayle , Peter Finch    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Victory for the Royal Navy Feb. 20 2011
By J. C. Mareschal TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic British WW2 Movie Nov. 9 2004
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Battle of the River Plate Jan. 19 2012
Format:DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars British naval battle near Uruguay Jan. 3 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Battle on the river platte Aug. 18 2011
By Duke
Format:DVD
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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