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The Cruel Sea

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 10/14/1996 , 121min.
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Plot & Details

In this seagoing military drama set in World War II, Lt. Comdr. Ericson (Jack Hawkins) is made captain of a British corvette, a small escort vessel used to guide and protect convoys traveling through the Atlantic. Ericson had his confidence severely shaken during his last command, in which he lost his ship and most of its men following an attack by a German U-boat. As he leads a new and largely inexperienced crew aboard the H.M.S. Compass Rose, Ericson is once again thrown into a life-and-death dilemma that forces him to choose between destroying an enemy ship and sparing the lives of his own men. The Cruel Sea featured breakthrough early performances from Denholm Elliott and Virginia McKenna, and it was based on a best-selling novel by Nicholas Monsarrat, who stipulated that the film rights could be sold only to a British company.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1953 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Screenplay Eric Ambler Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1953 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Charles Frend Nominated

British Academy of Film and Television Arts

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1953 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Best British Film Charles Frend Nominated

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