The Bedford Incident 1965

The Bedford Incident

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Reporter Ben Munceford (Sidney Poitier) is aboard a U.S. Navy ship sailing near the Arctic Circle, on assignment to write a profile of Capt. Eric Finlander (Richard Widmark), a hardened anti-communist. Despite the concerns of Munceford, medical officer Chester Potter (Martin Balsam) and others on the ship, Finlander is shadowing a Soviet submarine on patrol in the same area, hoping to make it to surface. The cat-and-mouse game, however, turns deadly serious.

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Richard Widmark
Captain Eric Finlander U.S.N.
Sidney Poitier
Ben Munceford
Martin Balsam
Lieutenant Commander Chester Potter, M.D., U.S.N.
James MacArthur
Ensign Ralston
Wally Cox
Seaman Merlin Queffle
Eric Portman
Commodore Wolfgange Schrepke Deutsche Marine
Michael Kane
Commander Allison Executive Officer
Phil Brown
Chif Hospitalman James McKinley
Gary Cockrell
Lieutenant Bascombe U.S.N.
Brian Davies
Lieutenant Beckman U.S.N.
James Poe
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  • Nov 30, 2007
    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 X Super Reviewer

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