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Yangtse Incident

Yangtse Incident

Michael Anderson (1956)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This adventure plays like a low-budget rehearsal for Robert Wise's 1966 epic The Sand Pebbles. It's a fact-based yarn about British warship HMS Amethyst, which sails up the Yangtse in 1949 intending to relieve the British embassy at Nanking. Instead, it comes under massive bombardment from Chinese communists, who blockade the river and trap the ship. Made less than ten years after Mao's revolution, one can't expect an analysis of Chinese politics. What we get is standard British heroics from a crew commanded by Richard Todd, courtesy of an Eric Ambler script, and it's all efficiently handled by Michael Anderson, who'd directed Todd in The Dam Busters.


A British frigate is heavily shelled and captured by Chinese communists on the Yangtse River in 1949. After a failed rescue mission by a sister ship, the remaining crew members put into action a daring escape plan that involves disguising the vessel and slipping her moorings under the cover of darkness. Fact-based action adventure, starring Richard Todd, William Hartnell and Akim Tamiroff.

Cast & Crew

Lieutenant Commander Kerans Richard Todd
Leading Seaman Frank William Hartnell
Colonel Peng Akim Tamiroff
Captain Kuo Tai Keye Luke
Lieutenant Weston Donald Houston
Flight Lieutenant Fearnley Robert Urquhart
Charlotte Dunlap Sophie Stewart
Lieutenant Hett James Kenney
Lieutenant Strain Richard Leech
Lieutenant Berger Michael Brill
McCarthy Barry Foster
Mr Monaghan Thomas Heathcote
AB Bannister Ian Bannen
Director Michael Anderson
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp Ltd Guidance: Some violence. Available on: Available on video and DVD


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