This is historically correct, as 'Commodores of the first class' wore those insignia at the time. This is a bluff intended to make the Germans believe that more British warships have arrived, when only the cruiser has. This ship did a lot of damage to British shipping during the early days of the war until she was ultimately hunted down by a small armada of smaller and very vulnerable naval vessels. Exeter's chaplain is also correctly depicted wearing a civilian dark suit and clerical collar; it was not until later in the war that adopted military uniform as a security measure. In the fall of 1939, the German heavy cruiser referred to as a pocket battleship Graf Spee seems to have command of the Atlantic.
I enjoyed this film very much because I am a history teacher and love realistic war films. The group that finds the heavily armed Admiral Graf Spee near South America is outgunned: Graf Spee is equipped with long-range 11-inch guns, while the British heavy cruiser has much lighter 8-inch guns, and the light cruisers and have 6-inch guns. Released 1956, 'Pursuit of the Graf Spee' stars , , , The movie has a runtime of about 1 hr 59 min, and received a score of out of 100 on Metacritic, which put together reviews from top critics. Unfortunately, neither does much beyond command level. Rather than chance the loss of his men, the German Captain ordered the Graf Spee scuttled. Running time 119 minutes Country United Kingdom Language English Budget £274,071 The Battle of the River Plate a. Peter Finch stars as Capt.
It is seen totally from the British point of view with some cuts to the British prisoners on board the Graf Spee. This includes the warning bells ringing before each salvo, the scorching on the gun barrels after the battle, and the accurate depiction of naval procedures. The British are led by Commodore , with Captain commanding Ajax, Captain Exeter and Captain Achilles. There are a few omissions or mistakes in the film, but they aren't all that important. The film stars , , and. This could explain why they are considered the best of the four. Finally, and I can understand why they didn't mention this, shortly after the German Captain scuttled his ship he committed suicide.
The Graf Spee headed for the neutral harbor of Montevideo, Uruguay. Synopsis In the fall of 1939, the German heavy cruiser referred to as a pocket battleship Graf Spee seems to have command of the Atlantic. They were given only a short time to effect repairs and the British did their best to make them believe a British fleet of six or eight ships awaited them. First, of course the Spee had been sunk, so an American ship filled in--and this is certainly forgivable. Patrick Dove Bernard Lee is introduced to Capt. Though different from the ships they represented, both these light cruisers had played a major part in the wartime campaign against the large German surface raiders which began at the Battle of the River Plate, including in 1941, in 1942, in 1943, and in 1944. The British sent three cruisers commanded by Commodore Henry Harwood to confront her.
Christopher Lee as Manolo, the jealous bar owner; Anthony Quayle as Commodore Harwood; Anthony Newly as a sailor with about three lines that he still manages to over-act; and John Gregson, who plays Capt. It jumps back and forth between the war room and the British ships. Once their fate was decided, Langsdorff was free to die as he had planned. Eventually, however, German captain Langsdorff is faced with a difficult decision: either stand his ground and fight a losing battle against the Exeter and its sister ships, or scuttle the Graf Spee and save the lives of his crew. The film depicts Graf Spee and Altmark using the complex procedure of ; actually the Germans used the slower but safer method of , but the alongside method is much more dramatic for film purposes, and by 1955 was standard procedure for the British ships involved see list above. A destroyer attack scores another hit false and one of the destroyers is blown out of the water false. The Graf Spee puts into the harbor of Montevideo for repairs and so Powell and Pressburger can put in some of their trademark color.
The battle action is authentic, as is the damage. They were given only a short time to effect repairs and the British did their best to make them believe a British fleet of 6 or 8 ships awaited them. Well acted all-round with Peter Finch doing a fine job as Captain Langsdorf. However, I did appreciate how the film portrayed him as an ultimately decent and competent man--a nice requiem for a fallen enemy who was just doing his duty. Meanwhile the British fleet is setting a trap for the Graf Spee off the coast of Uruguay. The main character is Commander Shepard Kenneth More who is a fictional character. Looking to watch '' in the comfort of your own home? We get little on life below the decks.
They were given only a short time to effect repairs and the British did their best to make them believe a British fleet of six or eight ships awaited them. From the British Ambassador with the no-nonsense, sharped-tongued secretary to the goofy-gaucho interpreter for the reporter, Mike Fowler, these powerfully presented characters intensify the real drama of this battle. The special effects are good for that time period. Similarly, although the scene when Harwood meets with his captains on board Ajax is fictional, it was created for the movie in order to explain the tactical situation to the audience. This scene is used to inform the audience of British strategy.
The British sent three cruisers commanded by Commodore Henry Harwood to confront her. In reality, Lutjens was the exact opposite. The Battle of the River Plate. In reality, no Swordfish were lost to anti-aircraft during the battle. With reinforcements too far away, the British spread that an overwhelming force is lying in wait, hoping to buy time: while they are initially demanding that the Uruguayan authorities send the Graf Spee out to sea within 24 hours, as the law dictates, they suddenly seem to lose interest and appear to tolerate her staying at anchor in Montevideo for as long as required.