Made during World War II, this chronicles a voyage of a U.S. submarine on a secret mission to the very shores of Japan. Much of the film is spent developing the cast of characters that populate the sub.Written by
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As stated above Lt. Commander Dudley Morton was a consultant for this movie. According to the book The War Below by James Scott, copyright 2013, Commander Morton was killed in October 1943 when his submarine was sank by the enemy in La Perouse Strait. At the time of the sinking of the Wahoo, Morton had sunk 19 enemy ships with a total tonnage of 54,683 making him the 3rd most successful skipper in the war. The information on this can be found on page 133 of the book. See more »
As the Copperfin enters Tokyo Bay following the crippled cruiser, the skipper orders the boat to rise to 60 feet, then 45 feet ("keel depth")be sure to clear the torpedo net. However, the shots of the submarine never show any changes in depth. At "keel depth", the top of the conning tower would be nearly breaking the surface. See more »
Reserve Officer Raymond:
[Just having come aboard the 'Copperfin']
Uh... How do I get below, sir? I... I've never been aboard a submarine before.
[Slightly bemused, as he points to the only obvious entry into the submarine]
There's the hatch. It goes 'down.'
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This movie is a great example of a thriller, not looking to be a non-fiction account of a WWII sub, just a great story with a group of true professionals. Cary Grant was so compelling in this role that Tony Curtis said he based his famous part in Some Like It Hot on Cary Grant's performance in this picture, and that Curtis always wanted to do a movie with Grant on a submarine from that moment forward---and of course got his wish with Operation Petticoat. A previous reviewer slammed this movie for its anti-Japanese propaganda. Perhaps a slight bit of history would help. Statisitically, an American POW was FOUR times likely to die as a prisoner of the Japanese than of the Germans. The end of the war saved the lives of thousands of Americans because their treatment in Japanese camps was so horrifying. Six foot tall sailors weighing 100 pounds was not an uncommon site. The same Japanese military also starved its own people in places like Okinawa to feed itself, and I would hope that all people would now be familiar with the 'rape of Nanking,' so what was called propaganda was more just the way of the world at the time. This is one reason that the people who fought for America during World War II are revered and treasured so much.
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