Naval Warfare Movies

The Cruel Sea

Director: Charles Frend
Producer: Starz / Anchor Bay
Starring: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratton, Denholm Elliott, John Warner

Published: 2006
Length: 127 min.
Keywords: Feature, WWII,

This movie was originally made in 1953. This version is from 2006.

This is the DVD release (see more).


In this acclaimed adaptation of Nicholas Monserrat's epic international bestseller, Jack Hawkins stars as the all-too-human commander of a small convoy escort vessel during the brutal Battle Of The North Atlantic. Amidst an ocean that churns with equal parts heroism and horror, the captain and inexperienced crew of the HMS Compass Rose must wage a constant battle for survival against sudden torpedo attacks by Nazi U-boats as well as the unforgiving cruelty of the sea itself. Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker, Donald Sinden and Virginia McKenna co-star in this classic drama that was nominated for three British Academy Awards — including Best British Actor for Hawkins and Best Film — that still stands as one of most gripping motion pictures ever made about courage, carnage and the grim realities of men in combat