Submarine X-1

  • 1968
  • Movie
  • G
  • War

It took two years from the time this action film was made until it was released in the US. Photographed in beautiful Scotland, with interiors at Boreham Woods Studio in London, this WW II submarine story was being filmed 24 years after the war ended, so there was little interest in a picture that offered nothing new. Caan is a Canadian submarine commander...read more

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It took two years from the time this action film was made until it was released in the US. Photographed in beautiful Scotland, with interiors at Boreham Woods Studio in London, this WW II submarine story was being filmed 24 years after the war ended, so there was little interest in a

picture that offered nothing new. Caan is a Canadian submarine commander in 1943. His sub is sunk, and most of his men drowned, when he attempts to take on a behemoth German battleship and comes off second best. There's an official inquiry, and Caan is cleared of negligence, but the men who

survived still hold him responsible and let their feelings show. Caan gets another assignment from admiral Davies. The development of minisubs (four-man crews) has made it necessary to train sailors for the assignment of sailing these new ships. Caan must train the crews for three subs, and

secrecy is of the utmost importance. The subs will be heavily laden with explosives, but no one knows yet what the exact mission is. Some of the men are the survivors of Caan's last fiasco, and Caan's martinet attitude rankles them, for they know how incompetent he really is. The men, training in

a secret area, are under surveillance by Nazi recon planes. German troops parachute into the area and are repelled, but now the mission must get underway immediately, as the enemy knows something is going on. The assignment comes: knock out the Lindendorf, the same ship that sank Caan's last

command. In the open sea the men would never have a chance; but since the battleship is currently undergoing minor repairs and is resting in a fjord in Nazi-occupied Norway, they must sink it right away. The three subs depart, snake through mine fields, battle Nazi underwater frogmen, and come

closer to their quarry. One of the subs is destroyed by depth charges; the second is forced to the surface, and the men are taken aboard the Lindendorf for questioning. They are about to be tortured into revealing their mission when the third sub manages to set off its explosives and sends the

battleship to a watery grave. Location work at Loch Ness (but no sign of the monster). Good cinematography, underplayed acting. Caan, who can take on the aspect of those around him like a chameleon (the New York-born actor's Chicago accent in THIEF was flawless), is even more enigmatic than his

British compatriots, so he borders on somnambulism, except when he is showing himself to be a strict disciplinarian. Director Graham may, or may not, have had a hand in the story with Champion. He did not get a credit for it.

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