Action In The North Atlantic

  • 1943
  • 2 HR 06 MIN
  • NR

Excellent study of WWII merchant marine crew sailing between the U.S. and Murmansk, Russia, the only supply line then open between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union. Bogart plays a loyal, brave, and rugged first mate to idealistic captain Massey. After their first tanker is torpedoed, and the two barely survive an eleven-day ordeal at sea, Massey...read more

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Excellent study of WWII merchant marine crew sailing between the U.S. and Murmansk, Russia, the only supply line then open between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union. Bogart plays a loyal, brave, and rugged first mate to idealistic captain Massey. After their first tanker is torpedoed,

and the two barely survive an eleven-day ordeal at sea, Massey and Bogart are given a spanking new Liberty Ship, with most of their old crew members as well as a sharp Navy gun crew. They sail with a massive convoy en route to Murmansk, but are repeatedly hounded by U-boats. Bogart and company

battle through the Nazi attacks, managing to sink a surfaced sub by faking a shipboard fire and ramming the sub, then shooting down several German bombers on the approach to Murmansk. A powerful document of a class of men given little due for their heroic role during WWII, the film lives up to its

title--there is action aplenty. The film earned an Oscar nomination for its original story.

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