The Bedford Incident
1965, Adventure, 1h 42m14 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings
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Cast & Crew
Captain Eric Finlander U.S.N.
Lieutenant Commander Chester Potter, M.D., U.S.N.
Seaman Merlin Queffle
Commodore Wolfgange Schrepke Deutsche Marine
Commander Allison Executive Officer
Chif Hospitalman James McKinley
Lieutenant Bascombe U.S.N.
Lieutenant Beckman U.S.N.
Critic Reviews for The Bedford Incident
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.July 6, 2010 | Full Review…
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.January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
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.January 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.February 2, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Audience Reviews for The Bedford Incident
Nov 30, 2007Richard 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