The Cruel Sea

THE CRUEL SEA 

Review: A documentary-style account of life on board a British convoy escort ship and its officers during World War II.
Director: Charles Frend
Actors: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratton, Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker, Bruce Seton, Liam Redmond, Virginia McKenna, Moira Lister, June Thorburn, Megs Jenkins, Meredith Edwards, Glyn Houston and Alec McCowen
Year: 1953
Genre: Drama and War
Conclusion: 5/5
Based on a novel by Nicholas Monsarrat. One of the most mind expanding films you will ever watch. I thoroughly enjoyed it. This is one of the finest naval combat films ever made especially during the Second World War. As the film was a huge success it confirmed Jack Hawkins as an international star at the age of 42. The most memorable and famous quote in film history is “No one murdered them – it’s the war, the whole bloody war! We’ve just got to do these things and say our prayers at the end”. This is on the late Barry Norman’s list of 101 Greatest Films of all time that he produced at the start of 2012 which featured in The Radio Times. This film is also on the list of his 50 Greatest British Films that he produced in the Radio Times in 2013. In my opinion it stands the test of time. 

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