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A Good, Old Movie



September 16th, 2010 19:25 pm | by Ed |

Something I've wondered about for a long time is "Why aren't there more movies that feature submarine action?". As I write this I can only think of two right off the top of my head, "The Hunt for Red October" and "Run Silent Run Deep" and I've got Red October (albeit on VHS). I know there's more titles but I can't think of a single one right now and for that matter, I've only just recently found "Run Silent, Run Deep" on sale in spite of looking for quite a while.

If you think about it, the people who serve on submarines must have gonads the size of twenty pound bowling balls. Especially in the early days of submarine warfare before modern technology started making them a heck of a lot more surviveable than they used to be. Seems to me that guts like that should have been honored on film a lot more than what it appears to have been.

Imagine taking a crew and putting them into an over sized tin can equipped with a motor, some torpedoes and a deck gun or two and then sending them into battle at sea. They have to sneak up on surface ships and attack. Then they have to run like crazy to avoid being sunk by destroyers dropping depth charges (basically underwater bombs that go off at a specified depth). If the charges go off too close to the sub then the incredible concussion and over pressure created by the explosion will crack the hull and the sub will implode from the water pressure.

"Run Silent, Run Deep" is a classic that gives a real good look at what submarine warfare was like in world war two. Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster give stellar performances in the story of a captain who survived having his sub sunk by a Japanese destroyer. He's so hell bent on getting revenge and sinking the ship that sank his old ship that he disobeys orders and risks a mutiny.

Why there aren't more movies like this I don't know.

Technorati Tags: world war two, action, burt lancaster, movies, submarine warfare, clark gable, submarine

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1 Comment

  1. Treknicalities Admin on 17.09.2010 at 20:27 (Reply)


    The only other submarine movie I can think of off the top of my head is “Operation Petticoat”. It’s a World War 2 comedy staring Cary Grant, Tony Curtis, Gavin MacLeod about a submarine commander who finds himself stuck with a decrepit (and pink) sub, a con-man executive officer and a group of army nurses.

    For non-movie submarine-related stuff, there’s always “Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea” and “the television series based on “Operation Petticoat”.

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