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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 Captain Eric Finlander U.S.N., Capt. Eric Finland
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
Michael Graham Cox
as Lieutenant Krindlemeyer, USN
Colin Maitland
as Seaman Jones
Ed Bishop
as Lt. Hacker
Laurence Herder
as Petty Officer
George Roubicek
as Lt. Burger
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.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The whole thing transcends plausibility -- for a moderately wised-up viewer, at least -- because of its gross exaggeration of a highly improbable episode.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

A serviceable but not very exceptional cold-war thriller.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Taut and suspenseful.

Full Review… | May 14, 2012
TV Guide

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

Full Review… | February 2, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Bedford Incident

It's no Dr. Strangelove, but it's still a worthy psychological drama-thriller that brilliantly reflected the maddening tension of the Cold War.

Garrett Cash
Garrett Cash

Where as we usually in movies get to see the perspective of the hunted submarine, in this film we see the story from the hunters point of view. With some good writing and better pacing this film keeps the tension of losing the catch going throughout. Richard Widmark plays Eric Finland an aggressive hard nosed captain of the sub hunter. Widmark has one the the best voices in all of cinema. With his John Wayne like presence its hard to imagine him playing anything else but a military officer. Sidney Poitier plays reporter Ben Munceford and is unflappably confident which he always does so well. One can't help but make correlations to moby dick, and the film realises and references this. The movies biggest problem is a year earlier "fail safe" came out and is a much better version of this kind of film. If you have seen one you know what will happen i the other, and "fail safe" is much better. Still a good film, plus you get to catch a young but unmistakable Donald Sutherland.

Alex Wolf Rkc
Alex Wolf Rkc

Excellent Cold War film that has been sadly overlooked. It started off slow and a bit clumsy but by the last 30 minutes I was on edge.

Sean Chick
Sean Chick

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