The Sea Shall Not Have Them

The Sea Shall Not Have Them

Lewis Gilbert (1954)

PG Certificate


Our Score
The disaster movie formula hasn't changed much over the years - plenty of big names and lots of nail-biting incident. Unfortunately, Lewis Gilbert fails to generate much excitement with this stiff wartime tale of pluck and endurance, about a plane-load of heroes pitching into the briny. The calamities are utterly predictable, while, unlike Hitchcock's Lifeboat or Richard Sale's Abandon Ship!, there is no palpable tension between the castaways (clichés to a man). Each member of the stellar cast, including Michael Redgrave and Dirk Bogarde, is seemingly more preoccupied with holding his own in such august company than contributing to the ensemble effort.


The survivors of a sea-plane accident share their life stories while awaiting rescue in a dinghy. Told in flashbacks, the disparate characters reveal their innermost secrets to each other to avoid confronting the fear that they may never be found. Drama, starring Dirk Bogarde, Michael Redgrave and Bonar Colleano.

Cast & Crew

Flight Sgt MacKay Dirk Bogarde
Air Commodore Waltby Michael Redgrave
Sgt Kirby Bonar Colleano
Flying Officer Treherne Anthony Steel
Flight Sgt Singsby Nigel Patrick
Cpl Skinner James Kenney
Cpl Robb Sydney Tafler
Group Capt Todd Griffith Jones
Director Lewis Gilbert
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Apollo Films LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray