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    The Cruel Sea
    UK Digitally Restored Official Dvd (1953)

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    THE CRUEL SEA ~ UK DIGITALLY RESTORED OFFICIAL DVD (2011)

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    Writers: Eric Ambler (screenplay), Nicholas Monsarrat (novel)
    Film Release Date: 24 March 1953 (UK)
    Format: PAL, Black & White, Full Screen, Mono
    Language: English
    Subtitles: English
    Region: Region 2 (UK & Europe)
    Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
    Number of Discs: 1
    Classification: PG
    Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment
    DVD Release Date: 12 Sept. 2011
    Run Time: 121 minutes

    CAST

    Jack Hawkins ... Ericson
    Donald Sinden ... Lockhart
    John Stratton ... Ferraby
    Denholm Elliott ... Morell
    John Warner ... Baker
    Stanley Baker ... Bennett
    Bruce Seton ... Tallow
    Liam Redmond ... Watts
    Virginia McKenna ... Julie Hallam
    Moira Lister ... Elaine Morell
    June Thorburn ... Doris Ferraby
    Megs Jenkins ... Tallow's sister
    Meredith Edwards ... Yeoman Wells
    Glyn Houston ... Phillips

    Alec McCowen ... Tonbridge

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    Ealing broke from its traditional light comedies to offer a serious, authentic reconstruction of the battle of the Atlantic, based on Nicholas Monsarrat's bestseller, Production. It emerged as a picture of dramatic intensity.

    Much of the original novel's action was telescoped and quite a few major incidents were omitted. Indeed the film is basically pared down into three elements which the commentator in the movie describes when he says the heroes are the men, the heroines are the ships, and the villain is the cruel sea.

    These three elements are put into focus via the activities of a corvette which puts to sea with only one experienced officer - the captain - aboard. The others are the normal wartime recruits from civilian life, including a freelance journalist, lawyer, bank clerk and second-hand car salesman. Their first operational duties land them into a storm, but subsequently they encounter enemy activity and are harassed by U-boats.

    The direction by Frend is beyond reproach. Some viewers have complained at the length of the movie (2 hours) but I found it riveting throughout. The supporting cast is good (particularly Stanley Baker) but this picture really belongs to Jack Hawkins. As the captain he commands the silver screen with his made-in-Britain authority. I think that a great actor is born to play one part in his whole career and for Hawkins I think it is this one.

    This is a prime example of the docudramatic style that, spurning the gung-ho heroics of Hollywood, characterised the best British war films. And I for one think it is that sytle that has meant these British films have aged far better than the American counterparts of that period.

  • Nominated for an Oscar in 1953 for Best Screenplay.

  • Produced by Leslie Norman (father of Barry)

    Unmissable.

    DVD EXTRAS

    Interview with Sir Donald Sinden
    Stills Gallery

    INFO. FROM EALING FOREVER BOOK

    The writer of the book the film is based on, Nicholas Monsarrat, settled for a percentage deal when agreeing to the film rights. He also insisted on a British production company. By the time of the making of the film it was estimated that four million people in Britain alone had read the book.

    It was Donald Sinden's first film.

    The ship which played HMS Compass was the Coreopsis. The Admirality had got rid of all its wartime corvettes, which were small escort ships that had been used to protect Atlantic convoys. This was located in Malta and had been loaned to the Greek navy and was now awiting a tow back to England and the breaker's yard.

    Locations included Plymouth Sound. Also the Ealing tank was used for the first time since San Demetrio London.

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