Sink The Bismarck (Bilingual)
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It's spring 1941, and Great Britain is the only country in Europe yet to be defeated by the Nazi army, but all of that could change soon. The Nazis have launched their juggernaut battleship, the Bismarck, to close off British supply lines and ultimately invade England. A counterstrike is ordered, and with an arsenal of ships at their command, Royal intelligence officers Jonathan Shepard (Kenneth More) and Anne Davis (Dana Wynter) fight desperately to distroy the Bismarck.
Sink the Bismarck! recounts one of the most famous battles in the history of naval warfare. Shot in semidocumentary style, the black-and-white film covers all sides in the famous hunt for the powerful German warship that terrorized the sea for eight days. The story and combat are rendered as faithfully as possible to C.S. Forester's novel. There are a few historical errors and some other minor liberties taken for dramatic license, both of which the viewer will easily be able to overlook. The only major addition to historical fact is a fictional romance between leads Kenneth More and Dana Wynter, which never gets in the way of the action. Edward R. Murrow cameos, and one of the founding fathers of movie magic, Howard Lydecker, assists with the special effects. The film is a compelling wartime drama that deserves a viewing. --Mark Savary --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The battle scenes are excellent. One must remember when viewing this film that the special effects are from the 1960's, but that does nothing to detract from the excitement of the ship-to-ship combat scenes. The fight between the HMS Hood and Bismarck is the high point of the film. It was exciting to see the ships being straddled by the other's shells, and seeing the Hood blow up was especially thrilling.
The historical correctness of the film was excellent except for a few minor details. For example, during the attack on the Bismarck by the British Swordfish torpedo planes, the movie shows two being destroyed when in reality none were lost. Also, the movie depicts a British destroyer being sunk by Bismarck. This is also incorrect as the Hood was the only British loss. Finally, the movie depicts Admiral Lutjens as being a staunt supporter of the Nazi party. This is also false. Lutjens was against Naziism, and refused to give the Nazi salute, instead preferring to use the old German navy salute.Read more ›
Script sounds right, and may delight both British and non-British viewers:
Suffolk /Norfolk shadowing cruisers Jack Tarr crewmen:
'Oy,you know, we might as well throw crumpets at the Bismarck for all the good our little guns would do!
Crewman 2 'I wish someone would throw a bleedin' crumpet at me!
The destroyer 'Solent' destroyed by a salvo from the Bismarck after the Captain beautifully-Britishly declares
' NOW WE'RE FOR IT!'
as a searchlight clicks onto the sneaky brave little British -ship trying to angle for a night-torpedo attack, never existed. Vians tribal destroyer-flotilla 2 and a Polish-destroyer 'Paiun' did attempt a night attack in heavy seas the night before Bismarcks destruction, but despite considerable gunfire exchanged with the rudder-crippled Nazi collossus, neither Bismarck nor its small tormentors suffered much damage, let alone sudden shattering obliteration like this imaginary 'Solent'.
And as the final-scene suggests, despite all the invincible unsinkable ballyhoo, Bismarck was silenced relatively quickly by two British heavy ships. Then saturated by torpedos from destroyers and cruisers once silenced, this was thought to have been the reason it was finished-off, but strong evidence now suggests the surviving German crews scuttled the blazing listing hulk, rather than risk its capture as a trophy- not a practical possiblity for the British force assailing it, as it now turns out.Read more ›
The sinking of the Hood created in the minds of the British that the Bismark was some sort of super battleship. In fact it was about the same size as British ships and its armament was similiar. Its main advantage was its slightly higher speed.
Within a few days of the sinking of the Hood the British were able to concentrate their naval might and to sink the Bismark without suffering any serious losses.
The battle was one in which the British were always going to win but it occured at a point in the war when the Germans occupied Europe and seemed invincible. They were of course about to end all this by their unsuccesful attack on the Soviet Union.
The film captures the feeling of nervousness and desperation of those years. It also captures the immense pride that the British felt at their meticulous and logical tracking down of the enemy battle ship. The film uses models to create the battle scences and they are very effective. Some filming is done in a British battleship. The creation of the war room is realistic and a little ahead of its time in trying to show the mechanics of the operation.
The portrait of the Germans is from cliche land but the film is an effective war film and accurately captures the mood of the time.
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This WWII movie is a must for any collection, a true story told in entertaining fashion. Although most wide angle DVDs appear grainy on my 12 foot screen, this is shot mostly in... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Brian W. Schacht
An interesting piece of history, reasonably well acted, with good-for-that-era special effects. I was more impressed 40 years ago, when I first watched it.Published 3 months ago by BookWerm
Overall an enjoyable motion picture that injected special effects of the day.Published 3 months ago by Mike Raphone
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