The Bedford Incident (1965)


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In this drama, Richard Widmark plays the skipper of an American destroyer. When a Russian sub is pursued by Widmark, the routine mission turns deadly when nervous ensign James MacArthur fires off an atomic weapon. Widmark doesn't want to start a war, but there doesn't seem to be any choice.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
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Written By: James Poe
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On DVD: Sep 23, 2003
Sony Pictures Entertainment


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Critic Reviews for The Bedford Incident

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Poitier does an excellent job in both the light and serious aspects of his role, and manages to leave a personal stamp on his scenes.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

Harris, Stanley Kubrick's former producer, here came up with his own Dr Strangelove variant, muting the black humour but just as incisively diagnosing nuclear insanity.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The whole thing transcends plausibility -- for a moderately wised-up viewer, at least -- because of its gross exaggeration of a highly improbable episode.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
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A serviceable but not very exceptional cold-war thriller.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Taut and suspenseful.

Full Review… | May 14, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Channels themes from Dr. Strangelove but leaves at port the black humor.

Full Review… | February 2, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Audience Reviews for The Bedford Incident


Richard Widmark stars in this tense cold war thriller as an abrasive naval commander playing a high stakes game of cat and mouse with a soviet submarine. This is obviously influenced (as most sea-bourne adventures are) by the classic tale of obsession, Moby Dick, as Widmark pursues his white whale with little thought for the consequences. There is some great verbal sparring between his character and Sidney Poitier's tenacious reporter, which is almost as much fun to watch as his demolition of every man who tries to stand in his way; Widmark is always better in his more hard-nosed roles. Add some nice documentary style black & white photography and an excellent turn by Eric Portman as a pragmatic ex U-boat commander and you have an intelligent and cleverly written thriller cum arms race analogy with a great finale.

xGary Xx

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