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February 18, 2015
a good British war film from 1943
August 14, 2014
Solid war-effort drama with a multitude of heroic personalities on board the sub. It's all a bit too perfect but it is propaganda entertainment.
October 23, 2011
There's a clutch of films that are ingrained into the British psyche and We Dive At Dawn is one of them. The war years saw a flurry of rousing movies designed specifically to tell of the heroism of British forces and keep up the spirits of the public at home front.
We Dive At Dawn follows the crew of the submarine Sea Tiger on a mission in the Baltic and North Atlantic to destroy a German battleship. It has all those classic submarine movie elements such as the cat and mouse game with the quarry, sea mines, depth charges and nets that snarl the sub.
Like the best of this genre, the plot focuses on the interplay between the tightly knit crew and we see both the routine and the the tension that makes up the lives of the characters,
A competent cast is headed by John Mills who seems to embody that more relaxed style of Captain that fiction populates submarines with. The direction by Anthony Asquith is competent and business-like and the special effects generally stand up well against the standards of today.
Many films in this genre are cliched and hackneyed but with its engaging and gripping storyline, this is a landmark movie that deserves the reputation that it rightly holds.
December 31, 2010
A down-to-earth and very good British war drama. It's not over dramatized, not until the end anyway and even then not much. It is also a story about the people aboard a submarine and what life was like. There is a very interesting array of characters within the film and characters in different situations in their lives. There is drama, suspense and an occasional bit of humour thrown in too. The ending of the film is slightly over dramatized however, and it seems a little far-fetched.

The cast has been well chosen and perfectly cast in their roles. There is definitely a class structure within the cast with the officers speaking in 'typical British' accents and the ratings speaking in different regional accents. With this is mind John Mills is excellent as the submarine Lieutenant and it seems the part was written for him. Eric Portman is also perfectly cast as a ships rating but has the manner of a man with a sense of brutality, which is displayed through his dialogue.

A good down-to-earth war film, which has a good story, good characters and a good cast. It is only let down by the slightly over dramatized ending.
September 7, 2010
WE DIVE AT DAWN (1943)
August 19, 2010
Lieutenant Taylor (John Mills) and the rest of the crew of the submarine Sea Tiger are given a week's leave after an unsuccessful patrol. Hobson (Eric Portman) goes home to save his marriage, while a reluctant Corrigan (Niall MacGinnis) heads off to his wedding. Then the crew are called back to duty, much to Corrigan's relief, though he later has second thoughts. Sea Tiger is assigned the top secret mission of sinking Nazi Germany's new battleship, the Brandenburg, before she enters the Kiel Canal to begin sea trials in the Baltic Sea.

On their way, the submarine picks up three shot-down Luftwaffe pilots from a rescue buoy. When the submarine enters a minefield, an airman panics and reveals that the Brandenburg is further ahead than believed. Taylor decides to take a desperate gamble and enter the German-controlled Baltic in pursuit.

When the Brandenburg is spotted, Sea Tiger fires all its torpedoes, then dives to evade German destroyers dropping depth charges. Taylor fools the Germans into believing that the submarine has sunk. They leave, but Sea Tiger no longer has enough fuel to return to England.

Taylor decides to have his crew abandon ship near a Danish island. Hobson speaks German and knows the port on the island. He persuades Taylor to let him go ashore in one of the airmen's uniforms to find oil. He succeeds. Sea Tiger refuels while Hobson and other crewmen hold off the German garrison. When they return to base, the crew hear they sank the Brandenburg. Waiting for them are Corrigan's fiancée and Hobson's wife and son.
April 12, 2010
John Mills and Eric Portman lead the cast in this remarkable little submarine movie that was filmed in 1943. A entertaining story and especially natural, well drawn characters elevate this above the simple propaganda piece that might be expected of a wartime movie.
½ December 28, 2008
Hardly John Mills' greates work- another nautical effort he's not Shorty Blake anymore. He's a Captain this time, indeed interestingly (unlike Ice Cold) he's not the alcoholic who turns good, although there is a character of that sort in this one.

Basically a mediocre routine wartime adventure. The last line though has to be amongst the corniest in cinema history. Hardly "I love you Shane" or "Frankly my Dear I don't give a damn"- this had "Just like running a ruddy bus service"- that on it's own lost it half a star!
½ April 28, 2006
Merely OK film that is held up by some fine performances, and some suspense that is kept constant througout the film. The action sequences are still exciting today.
½ November 28, 2004
EXCITING WW2 ACTIONER, GOOD CAST, SUSPENSEFUL, WELL WRITTRN
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