Torpedo Run (24-Oct-1958)|
Director: Joseph Pevney
Writers: Richard Sale; William Wister Haines
Producer: Edmund Grainger
Keywords: Action/Adventure, Submarine, WWII
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Review by Strawberry (posted on 18-Feb-2005)
It is doubtful whether this movie follows actual events and people closely. But it was nominated for Best Special Effects, probably for the model work, the burning ships, and the underwater scene near the end. The underwater submarine shots always look like models in this type of movie, but I've seen worse. Color.
South Pacific, 1942. The Navy's most wanted target is the aircraft carrier that led the attack on Pearl Harbor. A submarine Captain (Glenn Ford) can barely focus on his job because his wife (Dianne Brewster, in a few brief scenes) and children are unaccounted for in Japanese-occupied Manila.
Ernest Borgnine plays the sub's Executive Officer in his usual good-guy role. The two officers become ever more determined to sink the carrier as the film progresses.
All other roles, including that of Dean Jones, who did a lot of Disney work in the 1960's, are secondary to the relationship of the two lead actors. Their relationship gets more strained under the pressure of battle.
Don't watch this if you want a "rah, rah" war epic. It's a bit too gritty for that.
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