The Cruel Sea (1953)
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One of the greatest war movies. Almost flawless. ***½ out of ****
Impressively made and powerfully themed WW2 story following the captain and crew of the Compass Rose, escorting allied convoys in waters patrolled by U-boats. Jack Hawkins gives a brilliant performance as Cmd. Ericson, leading a largely inexperienced crew against impossible odds, and who has his nerves rattled in some incredibly tense and surprisingly dark scenes. He is ably supported by a cast including Donald Sinden and Denholm Elliott. Certainly one of the pinnacles of British war movies, shorn as it is of all sentimentality and propaganda.
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This movie ranks #22 in 101 War Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #75 in BFI's Top 100 British Films
This movie ranks #414 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies