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The Enemy Below

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    War Drama at it's Best

    Curt Jurgens and Robert Mitchum are top drawer in this well-directed character study of naval commanders persevering under the tension of sea warfare. Mitchum plays a U.S. destroyer captain who, while previously serving in the Merchant Marine, saw his wife killed when his freighter was torpedoed by the Germans. Jurgens is the experienced, professional German sub commander who displays little patience with the Nazi faithful on his crew. The two protagonists play a chess-like game of cat and mouse, leading up to the inevitable final confrontation that is both entertaining and satisfying. Theodore Bikel and David Hedison (later to be seen, ironically, as a submarine commander in the TV version of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) portray the executive officers for the two vessels and turn in very good performances, especially Bikel's. The direction by Dick Powell is excellent, focusing on character but mixing in just the right amount of action to move the film along to its exciting conclusion. The action sequences and military protocol are extremely realistic, adding to the depth and quality of the film. If you like your WWII movies presented in an intelligent and entertaining fashion, this one is right up your alley.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Film

    This is a great film for any war buff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    Superb view of a Destroyer Escort in battle.

    The excellent film gives the best view of a Destroyer Escort in action to be found anywhere. The film is in color, with clear and vivid photography, coherent plot line and realistic portrayals of the functions of the crew. The movie was shot on an actual Buckley Class Destroyer Escort in open sea, and gives a better sense of warfare in the Atlantic than any other film I know. The film is free of the typical Hollywood distortions seen in too many WW2 movies. Don't miss it.

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    Posted February 13, 2010

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