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The Bedford Incident

The Bedford Incident (1965)

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The Bedford Incident was an attempt by Columbia Pictures -- which had previously made Dr. Strangelove and released Fail-Safe -- to tap the well of public anxiety surrounding nuclear weapons and the Cold War one more time. Reporter Ben Munceford (Sidney Poitier) is allowed aboard a navy ship on patrol near the Arctic Circle, under the command of Captain Eric Finlander (Richard Widmark). His job is to observe the ship in action and do an article on Finlander, a hard-as-nails sailor and a dedicated

Sep 23, 2003

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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.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The whole thing transcends plausibility -- for a moderately wised-up viewer, at least -- because of its gross exaggeration of a highly improbable episode.

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

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Taut and suspenseful.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Channels themes from Dr. Strangelove but leaves at port the black humor.

February 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The ending is a real piece of work that comes out of nowhere, and even though the film is a little repetitive up to that point, it's all worth it for the titular 'incident' in the end.

October 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Parallels to today's global political environment and our government's new cold war loom as large as the icebergs surrounding the USS Bedford and its Soviet prey in the North Atlantic Sea.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: PopMatters
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Harris's film is a superior psycho-drama.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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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.
November 30, 2007
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