Robert Francis is at the center of the story as Willis Keith, a newly-minted ensign assigned to the destroyer/minesweeper U.S.S. Caine during World War II. Soon after his arrival, the ship gets a new captain, Lt. Comdr. Philip Francis Queeg Humphrey Bogart, a tough, no-nonsense veteran officer who tries to turns the crew into proper sailors and the Caine into a tight ship, engendering resentment from some of the men and several of his officers. A veteran of difficult years of service for too long, Queeg has insecurities about himself, his command, and his career that begin to manifest themselves as spells of temper over small details that cause him to make mistakes. Lt.Keefer (Fred MacMurray), the glib-tongued communications officer, begins making suggestions to the ship's sincere but overburdened first officer, Lt. Steve Maryk (Van Johnson), that Queeg may have mental problems. Maryk initially rejects these suggestions, and tries to support the captain, but conditions deteriorate to the point where Maryk is forced to relieve Queeg of command, and is charged -- along with Keith, who supported him -- with mutiny. Enter Lt. Barney Greenwald (Jose Ferrer), a lawyer in civilian life, who reluctantly agrees to help them, mostly out of sympathy for the impossible predicament in which Maryk has found himself trapped. Bruce Eder, Rovi
Das Boot is one of the most gripping and authentic war movies ever made. Based on an autobiographical novel by German World War II photographer Lothar-Guenther Buchheim, the film follows the lives of a fearless U-Boat captain (Jurgen Prochnow) and his inexperienced crew as they patrol the Atlantic and Mediterranean in search of Allied vessels, taking turns as hunter and prey. There's very little plot, so the movie's power comes from both its riveting, epic battle scenes and its details of the boring hours spent waiting for orders or signs of the enemy. With the exception of one staunch ****** Youth lieutenant, none of the crew is particularly loyal to the ******, and some are openly hostile toward their Fuhrer; this allows viewer sympathy with the men as they perform their laborious, monotonous duties in cramped, filthy quarters, or await death as depth charges explode all around the sub. Prochnow is excellent as the nerves-of-steel commander, and many of the supporting actors -- all German -- are solid as well, although the characterizations border on war movie clichés (the young crewman who has left behind his pregnant girlfriend, the Chief Engineer whose wife is seriously ill). The real star, however, is cinematographer Jost Vacano, who makes the sub's grimy, claustrophobic interior come to vivid life, as his camera follows the crew through hatches, up ladders, into bunks, and under pipes, creating a palpable sense of claustrophobia while injecting it with movement. Originally edited by writer/director Wolfgang Petersen as both a two-and-a-half hour theatrical release and a six-hour German miniseries, Das Boot was re-released in a restored version in 1997 with nearly one hour of added footage which made it even more suspenseful than before. Don Kaye, Rovi
This Dino De Laurentiis-produced re-creation of the decisive Italian military operation top-bills Robert Mitchum as a battle-weary war correspondent. Robert Ryan and Arthur Kennedy play generals, Peter Falk is the lovable Brooklynese corporal, and Earl Holliman is the country-boy sergeant. Anzio was based on the book by Wynford Vaughan Thomas. Hal Erickson, Rovi
- Military & War
- War Drama, Courtroom Drama, Sea Adventure
- Courts Martial, Members of the Press, Great Battles, War At Sea, Behind Enemy Lines, Military Life
- 08 hr 55 min
- Spanish , French , German , English
- English , Thai , Korean , French , Portuguese , Spanish
- October 25, 2005
- Humphrey Bogart , Robert Mitchum , Jürgen Prochnow , Herbert Grönemeyer , José Ferrer
- Eddie Laguna , Don Anderson , Dante Maggio , Enzo Turco , Gaylord "Steve" Pendleton , Gene Evans , Ted Cooper , Robert Bray , Richard Norris , Paul McGuire , Patrick Miller , Marcella Valeri , Kenneth MacDonald , James Todd , Donald Dillaway , Robert Ryan , Robert Francis , Martin Semmelrogge , Arthur Kennedy , Mark Damon , Hubertus Bengsch , Fred MacMurray , David Alpert , Don Dubbins , Edwige Pierre , Rita Cadillac , James Edwards , Otto Sander , Tonio Selwart , Joe Haworth , Oliver Stritzel , James Best , Wolfgang Preiss , Annabella Andreoli , Lutz Schnell , Whit Bissell , Venantino Venantini , Todd Karns , Steve Brodie , Wayde Preston , Martin Hemme , Jerry Paris , Elsa Albani , Katherine Warren , Heinz Hoenig , Ralf Richter , Claude Akins , Patrick Magee , Anthony Steel , Jan Fedder , Warner Anderson , Lee Marvin , Giancarlo Giannini , Thomas Hunter , Claude-Oliver Rudolph , Arthur Franz , E.G. Marshall , Joseph Walsh , Erwin Leder , Tom Tully , Reni Santoni , Bernd Tauber , May Wynn , Van Johnson , Klaus Wennemann , Earl Holliman , Peter Falk , Uwe Ochsenknecht , U.A. Ochsen , Joachim Bernhard , Jay Richards , Don Keefer , Dayton Lummis , Carmen Scarpitta , Wolfgang Hillinger , Tyler McVey , Richard Arlen , Martin May , Herbert Anderson , Günter Lamprecht
- Wolfgang Petersen , Edward Dmytryk
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