A Glimpse of Hell (2001)
Based on the book by Charles C. Thompson II (who co-wrote the teleplay with David Freed), the made-for-cable A Glimpse of Hell attempts to shed light upon one of the darkest chapters in American naval history. It the story begins off the coast of Puerto Rico on April 19, 1999, when an explosion on the deck of the U.S.S. Iowa kills 47 of the vessel's sailors. Discounting virtually all other evidence, the U.S. Navy came to the official conclusion that the disaster was the result of a suicidal act by 24-year-old gunner's mate Clay Hartwig (Dashiel Eves), who allegedly wanted to kill himself and his "homosexual lover." Already faced with a possible demotion because of the explosion, ship's Captain Fred Moosally (James Caan) is more than willing to go along with the Navy's conclusion. Not so for Lt. Dan Meyer (Robert Sean Leonard), who is convinced that faulty equipment was the cause of the tragedy, and that the Navy was engaged in a massive cover-up. At the risk of his naval career -- and ultimately, Captain Moosally's as well -- Meyer insists upon reopening the investigation of the explosion, not so much to be right as to clear the names of Hartwig and his alleged paramour (a sailor who happened to survive the blast). A true story of tragedy, obfuscation, justice, and redemption, A Glimpse of Hell originally aired over the FX cable network on March 18, 2001. … More
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