Sink the Bismarck!

( 7 )

Overview

The Bismarck was the fabled German battleship of World War II. This film traces the "life" of the Bismarck from its launching courtesy of newsreel footage through its many battles and narrow escapes, concluding with its far-from-inevitable sinking in the Spring of 1941. Since one couldn't expect a ship to carry a 97-minute movie, the story concentrates on the human element, specifically a British intelligence captain Kenneth More, who has lost his family in the London blitz and thus has a personal reason for ...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (VHS)
  • All (1) from $1.99   
  • Used (1) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$1.99
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:

(16419)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

Very Good
Fox Home Entertainme, 06/27/1991, VHS Tape, Very Good condition. VHS Tape. Case Good. Quality guaranteed! In original artwork/packaging unless otherwise noted.

Ships from: Frederick, MD

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by

Overview

The Bismarck was the fabled German battleship of World War II. This film traces the "life" of the Bismarck from its launching courtesy of newsreel footage through its many battles and narrow escapes, concluding with its far-from-inevitable sinking in the Spring of 1941. Since one couldn't expect a ship to carry a 97-minute movie, the story concentrates on the human element, specifically a British intelligence captain Kenneth More, who has lost his family in the London blitz and thus has a personal reason for seeing the Bismarck blasted from the sea. The captain's tireless efforts are abetted by the love and support of a female naval officer Dana Wynter. The climactic sinking is deftly assembled from stock footage and newly shot scenes of expertly delineated scale models. As a bonus, Sink the Bismarck yielded a hit song, which many children of the 1960s can still recite from memory.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Mike Cummings
In this 1960 World War II film, Captain Jonathan Shepherd plots strategy in a war room in London in a desperate attempt to guide the British Royal Navy to victory over Germany's mightiest battleship, the Bismarck. So important is the mission to keeping open vital supply routes that Churchill himself has given the order: "Sink the Bismarck!" The action in the underground war room, where Shepherd maneuvers model ships like chess pieces, is as taut as the action at sea as outgunned British ships close in on the fire-breathing Bismarck in May of 1941. It is the biggest, fastest, and most powerful warship in the world. But Shepherd is not only fighting the Nazis; he is also fighting demons within after his wife was lost in an air raid and his son was reported missing in action. Kenneth More portrays Shepherd as an aloof, quick-tempered strategist who struggles to keep his feelings in check while making risky decisions affecting the lives of thousands. His performance is outstanding. Ably portraying his sympathetic assistant is Dana Wynter, who understands his inner turmoil and helps him come to grips with it -- and the Bismarck. All the other cast members also perform well, except for Karl Stepanek. As Admiral Lutiens, he is too much the militant German Ubermensch -- a cardboard cutout who idolizes the Fuehrer and seeks only the glory of the Reich and himself. In spite of the limited film technology of 1960, the special effects are good -- in particular the scene showing the destruction of Britain's best battleship, H.M.S. Hood, and the final attack against the Bismarck. The film moves along nicely, never lingering too long in the war room or too long on the decks of the German and British ships. When communications are exchanged between the ships and the war room, suspense builds. Have the Nazis sunk another ship? Will the latest stratagem work?
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 086162181238
  • Original Release: 1960
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kenneth More Capt. Jonathan Shepard
Dana Wynter Anne Davis
Carl Möhner Capt. Lindemann
Laurence Naismith First Sea Lord
Geoffrey Keen A.C.N.S.
Karel Stepanek Adm. Lutjens
Maurice Denham Cmdr. Richards
Michael Hordern Commander on King George
Sean Barrett Able Seaman Brown
Peter Burton Captain, 1st Destroyer
Ernest Clark Captain on Suffolk
Mark Dignam Captain on Ark Royal
Michael Goodliffe Capt. Banister
Jack Gwillim Captain on King George
John Horsley Captain, Sheffield
Walter Hudd Admiral, Hood
Esmond Knight Captain on Prince of Wales
Edward R. Murrow Himself
John Stuart Captain, Hood
Sydney Tafler Workman
Jack Watling Signals Officer
Technical Credits
Lewis Gilbert Director
Lord John Brabourne Producer
Jack Causey Asst. Director
Christopher G. Challis Cinematographer
Peter Hunt Editor
Arthur Lawson Art Director
Howard Lydecker Special Effects
Muir Mathieson Musical Direction/Supervision
Edmund H. North Screenwriter
Clifton Parker Score Composer
W.T. Partleton Makeup
Arthur Taksen Set Decoration/Design
Bill Warrington Special Effects
C.S. Forester Source Author
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
( 7 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(4)

4 Star

(3)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2014

    Recommen for any lover of WWII naval movis

    Considering that movis made by computer was not yet invented at the time of this movie it is still able to compete with new movies, and keeps you holding on to your seat. A most see or have.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted September 20, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Dana Wynter and Kenneth More--I miss them now. Everything they

    Dana Wynter and Kenneth More--I miss them now. Everything they ever did was wonderful. And the men who loaded those giant guns were as brave as anyone could be. When this movie, and later Midway, played in our tiny town's only movie theater, the little speakers behind the screen just went sputter. Nice to see the war movies with subwolfers!

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    Entertaining fictionalized account of the Royal Navy's hunt for the Bismarck with solid performances and a script that makes sense of a complicated operation.

    Great widescreen war movie from Fox, with solid performances by Kenneth More and Dana Wynter in the fictional aspect of the script that provides an effective counterpoint to the military excitement. Understated in the British tradition (although largely an American production), the hunt for the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen is described succinctly and portrayed with an eye for balance between set pieces and personal relationships. Miniature and effects work is fine, long before the days of CG effects.

    Weaknesses are the German admiral's caricature of a Nazi officer and some military protocol that is more American than British, but they don't really detract.

    Edward R. Murrow plays himself in cameo newscasts, and the screenwriter, Edmund H. North, later contributed to an even more famous Fox war movie--Patton. Director Lewis Gilbert went on to direct two James Bond movies. Recommended.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Don't Care How You Do It!

    Churchill said it, or at least one of his doubles said it. This is a dramatization that is factual, filled with historical significance. For we Americans, it is a lesser known battle because most Americans think that WWII began with the attack on Pearl Harbour. More men were lost on the HMS Hood than at Pearl. Did the Germans sink it? Truly, this was an important battle.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2003

    Great Movie

    Enjoyed the way the historical aspect was handled while mixing a love story into the film. Enjoyed the actual newsreel footage at the beginning of the film concerning the lauching of the Bismarck.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 7 Customer Reviews