Sink the Bismarck!

Sink the Bismarck!

Lewis Gilbert (1960)

93min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The postwar British film industry relied heavily on "now the story can be told" accounts of engagements that helped turn the Second World War in favour of the Allies. Too many were smug action adventures that devalued the true heroism of the exploits they depicted, but this fine film fully captures the tensions, dangers and complexities of battle by concentrating on the unsung back-room planners as much as on the combatants themselves. There are necessary caricatures on both sides, but at the same time there is a respect for the enemy that is missing in many previous flag-wavers. An unusually restrained Kenneth More is first-rate as director of operations at the Admiralty.

Summary

Fact-based Second World War drama, charting the mission to track down and eliminate the pride of the German fleet, a fearsome battleship devastating British vessels in the North Atlantic, orchestrated by a British naval officer recovering from his wife's death in an air raid. Starring Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Laurence Naismith and Karel Stepanek.

Cast & Crew

Cap Jonathan Shepard Kenneth More
Anne Davis Dana Wynter
First Sea Lord Laurence Naismith
Admiral Gunter Lutjens Karel Stepanek
Captain Lindemann Carl Mohner
Captain, Ark Royal Mark Dignam
Captain Banister Michael Goodliffe
Captain, King George V Jack Gwillim
Meteorologist Norman Wisdom
Director Lewis Gilbert
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: 20th Century Fox Film Co. LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama