Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)




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The contrasting acting styles of Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster serve to increase the already high tension level of the WW2 drama Run Silent, Run Deep. Gable plays submarine commander "Rich" Richardson, who assumes command of the USS Nerka. Because his previous sub was sunk by the Japanese under highly suspect circumstances, Richardson inspires nothing but animosity from his new crew. Particularly hostile is executive officer Lt. Jim Bledsoe (Burt Lancaster), who'd assumed that he was next in … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
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Written By: John Gay
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On DVD: Sep 23, 2014
United Artists

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as Cmdr. 'Rich' Richard...

as Lt. Jim Bledsoe

as Mueller

as Cartwright

as Russo

as Kohler

as Cullen

as Hendrix

as Beckman

as Frank

as Capt. Blunt
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Critic Reviews for Run Silent, Run Deep

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A better submarine film has not been made.

Full Review… | March 24, 2013
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Solid WWII drama with two can't-miss stars.

December 8, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Watch Run Silent, Run Deep. Then watch K:19. Then complain that "They don't make 'em like they used to."

September 10, 2005

Audience Reviews for Run Silent, Run Deep


Enjoyable naval adventure starring Clark Gable as a WWII submarine captain who is out for revenge against a Japanese warship that took down the sub Gable was captaining the year before. Some tense moments and, with the exception of some obvious miniatures during the battle sequences, some decent special effects. Right up there with DESTINATION TOKYO and ENEMY BELOW as a quality submarine film.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

Another boring submarine picture... A good cast, but that's about it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

This one started out quite impressive and like many submarine pictures, it tells the story of two generations clashing their bonky heads in a fearsome struggle of command. Having two Hollywood Dinosaurs such as Gable and Lancaster on the bill makes this film worth watching from the get-go, even though Gable's health is already badly shaken in this one and in some scenes you can see him having the jiggies, but what the heck, it is Clark Gable FFS ! The on-screen chemistry works fine, even though they never became anything close to friends when making this film. The thing that let this one down for me is the ending and plot twist, because it returns to the stretch of being something truly unique to your rather average US-American war film (insert cliche ending here). Still, you should not miss it for the two lead performances alone.

Henrik Schunk

Super Reviewer

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