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The Cruel Sea


Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker View All


Charles Frend (Director), Eric Ambler (Screenplay) View All

Release: Feb. 24th, 1953
Runtime: 2 hours, 6 minutes
At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer
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Solid on all fronts, it's on the BFI's Top 100 British Films list and made two of my own lists; top War films and top 1950s films.


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