The Bedford Incident


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.

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Richard Widmark
as Capt. Eric Finland, Captain Eric Finlander U.S.N.
Sidney Poitier
as Ben Munceford
James MacArthur
as Ensign Ralston
Martin Balsam
as Lieut. Cmdr. Chester Potter, M.D., U.S.N.
Wally Cox
as Sonarman, 2nd Class
Eric Portman
as Cmdr. Wolfgang Schrepke
Michael Kane
as Cmdr. Allison
Phil Brown
as Chief Pharmacist Mate McKinley
Gary Cockrell
as Lt. Bascombe
Brian Davies
as Lt. Beckman
Warren Stanhope
as Pharmacist's Mate Strauss
Donald Sutherland
as Pharmacist's Mate Nerny
Colin Maitland
as Seaman Jones
Michael Graham Cox
as Lieutenant Krindlemeyer, USN
Bill Edwards
as Lieutenant Hazelwood, USN
Ed Bishop
as Lt. Hacker
George Roubicek
as Lt. Burger
Laurence Herder
as Petty Officer
Paul Tamarin
as Seaman 2nd Class
Burnell Tucker
as Seaman 1st Class
Roy Stephens
as Seaman 2nd Class
Shane Rimmer
as Seaman 1st Class
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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.

Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…
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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.

Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

A serviceable but not very exceptional cold-war thriller.

Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…

Taut and suspenseful.

May 14, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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

Feb 2, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.

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