Centered on the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, which had been torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945 in the Philippine Sea. Of the estimated 900 men who survived the attack, ...
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Centered on the sinking of the USS Indianapolis, which had been torpedoed by a Japanese submarine on July 30, 1945 in the Philippine Sea. Of the estimated 900 men who survived the attack, only 317 were rescued after four days in shark infested waters. The Discovery Channel describes the event as "the worst shark attack in history." Written by
The actors were actually in shark infested waters. This was achieved by putting the actors in the water and then chumming the waters around them. Safety nets were secured around the life rafts and actors to prevent any accidental contact. See more »
For good reason, the opening moments of this film is the chilling clip from JAWS, with the character of "Quint" giving a brief history of the horrors of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during WWII, and the frenzied shark attacks that the survivors endured. Both with re-enacted testaments, and comments from the few living survivors, there isn't much more one would need to know after watching OCEAN OF FEAR. It is simply chilling, and should be of major interest to shark fans and WWII historians. Outstanding film! Every aspect of this terrible tragedy is explored, and it was an incident that begged to be explored more completely. There was a fictional account of the incident made in 1991, MISSION OF THE SHARK, starring Stacey Keach and Richard Thomas, but this is the film you want to see!
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