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The Bedford Incident

The Bedford Incident

James B Harris (1965)

PG Certificate
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Our Score
This superior Cold War sea drama-cum-chase movie was directed by Stanley Kubrick's one-time producer James B Harris, and explores similar nuclear fears to Kubrick's Dr Strangelove, but in more sober fashion. Richard Widmark gives a notable performance as the captain of a nuclear-armed American naval destroyer, who has become overly zealous in his hunt for Russian subs. Sidney Poitier plays a journalist who comes along for what turns out to be an exciting ride. Look carefully and you will spot a young Donald Sutherland in an early role as a pharmacist's mate.


The ruthless captain of a US destroyer develops an obsession with tracking down a Russian submarine. As he drives his men harder, he fails to anticipate the consequences of his actions - leading to a fatal mistake. Cold War thriller, starring Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, Martin Balsam, Wally Cox, Eric Portman and Donald Sutherland.

Cast & Crew

Captain Eric Finlander Richard Widmark
Ben Munceford Sidney Poitier
Ensign Ralston James MacArthur
Lieutenant Commander Chester Potter Martin Balsam
Sonar operator Wally Cox
Commander Wolfgang Schrepke Eric Portman
Commander Allison Michael Kane
Chief Pharmacist Mate McKinley Phil Brown
Lieutenant Bascombe Gary Cockrell
Lieutenant Beckman Brian Davies
Pharmacist's mate Strauss Warren Stanhope
Pharmacist's mate Donald Sutherland
Director James B Harris
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Theatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd Available on: Available on video and DVD


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