First is Sidney Poitier a photojournalist who constantly keeps getting underfoot as Widmark sees it. You will then find buttons to edit both your email and your password, unless you registered with Facebook, Twitter or Google in which case it is then not possible to amend these. This movie is a cold war tale of an American destroyer hunting a Sovietsubmarine. Sidney Poitier as always does another superb job as the journalist aboard to do a story of a Navy deployment and gets more than what was expected. Around 14 hours the sub makes a break into international waters. On the positive side of the production, 's stark black-and-white photography, bound within the confines of the ship and the actic surroundings, stays with you long after the memories of the partly realized characters have faded, and 's work on the sound -- dominated by the pulsing of the ship's equipment and the ominous sonar in operation which, by the end of the movie, seems as unrelenting as Finlander's lust to catch the sub -- is absolutely chilling, if not quite as memorable as 's use of the freeze-frame at the end of.
Several seconds later, their hopes are dashed as the warhead detonates, destroying the submarine. Poitier and Balsam board ship together and pick up almostimmediately that there is a tension on board and that the men areintimidated by their cold, tough captain. Once the submarines surface, they are photographed, and the game starts again. While this a drama, not a black comedy,there are some parallels. Anyway a helicopter arrives carrying photo-journalist Ben Munceford Sidney Poitier and new ship doctor Lieut Cmdr. Finlander is hostile to anyone who is not involved in the hunt, including the doctor, who advises that the pressure on the crew be reduced but is unable to resist the captain on the issue. The cat-and-mouse game, however, turns deadly serious.
Heis one Englishman who portrays a great German. The film's final image is a. The Captain throws down on Munceford for asking about the security guard that just got in trouble. Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published. The suspense and tesnion hold up well after several viewings and theinevitable ending is, well, inevitable. The Bedford Incident remains a curiously forgotten film while such work as Dr. And boy is he pissed.
Fine as its points are made and its plot is drawn, however, just doesn't happen to be a very accessible or emotionally involving drama. Helping the audienceanalyze the situation is Lieut. Even at the time, the outcomewasin doubt, but the outcome was believable. And as Finlander leads the men on the hunt for a Russian submarine tensions rise as it becomes clear that Finlander wants nothing more than to blow them out of the water despite them being in international waters. The Soviet captain, believing that might have started, wanted to launch the weapon but was over-ruled by his flotilla commander, , who, by coincidence, was using the boat as his command vessel.
Unlike in The Bedford Incident, the Americans were not aware that the B-59 was armed with a. The Captain is famous for forcing a Russian sub up near Cuba and it seems he is trying to repeat his glory here. The Bedford's assignment is to patrol for Russian subs and ships. This also containsyet another of Sydney Poitier's race neutral rolls. I had seen the movie of the same name a while ago, the story in the book is very different, to the point where it is an entirely different tale. Later on, he was a regular on The Hollywood Squares. When the torpedo hist the water the Russian fires 4 nuclear tipped torpedoes at the ship.
But that's avery small price to pay for the overall cinematic genius not toostrong a word of this movie. It looks like an interesting depiction of a cat and mouse game between the Bedford and the sub, but really it comes across as more of a psychological study of Finlander himself and you do wonder if the tension and suspense are going to lead up to unrealized potential and leave the viewer frustrated. The Doc comes up with a plan and the Captain crushes him and tells him he is a worthless human being. The angry dull roar of the north atlantic intersecting with shards of Icebergs creates a visual tableau fraught with tension: It's hard to see through the fog, and hard to navigate. Also significant is the fact that Sidney Poitier'scolour is never an issue either verbally or by implication, somethingquiteremarkable for a movie made over 35 years ago. Richard Widmark a no-nonsense commander who isdetermined to do his duty, even if it means destroying a stray RussianSubmarine, armed with nuclear missiles.
They block the sub from heading to open water and request permission to force it to surface. This is aremarkable film, for it's characters, it's drama and eventually it'sinevitable ending. He was in films by 1957 with The young Stranger. Having served aboard this very class of ship during the late 60's andearly70's, I can attest that the events, from a technical standpoint, arefrighteningly real. Sidney Poitier fits his role like a glove --the scene between Poitier and Widmark in the latter's cabin is splendidlyacted, allowing the viewer to get inside Widmark's head while not givingaway too much -- and Martin Balsam gives another example why he was one ofthe screen's greatest supporting actors.
Munceford is treated with mounting hostility by the captain because he is seen as a civilian poking his nose in and because he disagrees with Finlander's decision to continue with an unnecessary and dangerous confrontation. When the Soviet vessel failed to surface, the destroyers began dropping training. If you have any Navy experience, I think you'd enjoy this book. Starring: as Captain Eric Finlander, U. This gives Finlander an advantage but also means the Soviets will be more desperate. He was on the stage by 1949 and on television by 1954.