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Sink the Bismarck! (1960)




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The Bismarck is a German battle ship that is the scourge of the British Navy in World War II. When the ship sinks the battleship Hood, the British plan an all out search for the Nazi war vessel. A daring and suspenseful cat and mouse game ensues, complete with warfare being waged in the frigid North Atlantic waters and spectacular battle scenes. Based on a true story, the popularity of the film was greatly enhanced by the title tracked hit record by singer Johnny Horton, who's "Battle Of New Orleans" was the top record of 1959.
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Drama
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Kenneth More
as Capt. Jonathan Shepard
Dana Wynter
as Anne Davis
Laurence Naismith
as First Sea Lord
Carl Mohner
as Capt. Lindemann
Geoffrey Keen
as A.C.N.S.
Karel Stepanek
as Adm. Lutjens
Michael Hordern
as Commander on King George
Jack Gwillim
as Captain on King George
Maurice Denham
as Cmdr. Richards
Michael Goodliffe
as Capt. Banister
Esmond Knight
as Captain, Prince of Wales
Jack Watling
as Signals Officer
Jack Gwillam
as Captain, King George
Mark Dignam
as Captain, Ark Royal
Ernest Clark
as Captain, Suffolk
John Horsley
as Captain, Sheffield
Peter Burton
as Captain, 1st Destroyer
John Stuart
as Captain, Hood
Walter Hudd
as Admiral, Hood
Sean Barrett
as Able Seaman Brown
Sydney Tafler
as Workman
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Critic Reviews for Sink the Bismarck!

All Critics (5)

This well-done World War II film takes an almost documentary-like look at the battle to destroy the mighty German warship.

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Above average depiction of infamous WWII battleship Bismark.

October 16, 2008

A faithful retelling of the real-life naval battle, a colourful portrait in black and white.

August 24, 2004
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Sink the Bismarck!

Kenneth More leads a large cast of sea captains who need to sink the dreadnought of the seas at that time, owned and operated by the damned Nazis. The story itself is less about the Brit effort unfortunately, than about kraut stupidity, allowing themselves to get ganged up on in the North Sea. It, nonetheless, engages.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Meh. I like old war movies but this film overall was pretty boring. The actors did a good job with what they had to work with but 15 minutes could've easily been cut out of the film having the characters literally discussing the same thing every time a new character walked into the room.

Bobby Diablo
Bobby Diablo

The story of the sinking of the Bismarck is one that is quite remarkable and that is filed with luck as well as controversy (whether the ship sank from the damage or the Germans scuttled it). The film does not touch on whole lot on either of these aspect which hurts it a little bit. However, the use of the real footage and radio reports does help place it in a proper historical context though. The film features Kenneth More as its star playing Captain Shepard. Shepard's leap from man who only wants to capture the Bismarck to caring father and potential date is a shaky one that really affects the depth of the film. The film's cast also features the typical ardent Nazi who is blinded by his faith in Adolf Hitler, the admiral. That type of character is unrealistic in the way it is portrayed. As stated before, the use of real footage helps this film create the feel of the time. However, this film does other things like reusing the same frame to illustrate a point like, "Shoot". To the viewer, the scene is almost mind numbingly annoying. Overall, the story is told steady and throughly. There is nothing special about it. It is not very deep but it is effective in some aspects.

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