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Under Ten Flags (1960)

Sotto dieci bandiere (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 15 September 1960 (USA)
German raider, using various disguises, forces British ship to surrender. Story told from German point of view.

Director:

Duilio Coletti

Writers:

Bernhard Rogge (diaries), Vittoriano Petrilli (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Heflin ... Captain Bernhard Rogge
Charles Laughton ... Admiral Russell
Mylène Demongeot ... Zizi (as Mylene Demongeot)
John Ericson ... Krüger
Cecil Parker ... Col. Howard
Folco Lulli ... Paco
Alex Nicol ... Knoche
Liam Redmond ... Windsor
Eleonora Rossi Drago ... Elsa
John Lee
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Adm. Benson
Grégoire Aslan ... Master of Abdullah (as Gregoire Aslan)
Peter Carsten ... Lt. Mohr
Helmut Schmid
Gian Maria Volontè ... Samuel Braunstein (as Gianmaria Volontè)
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Storyline

In 1941, the British Admiralty is worried about the large number of Allied ships being destroyed in the Pacific Ocean by a mysterious enemy vessel. Initially, British Admiral Russell suspects that a German submarine is the culprit. However, the few revealed pieces of the mystery puzzle rather point to a German Navy surface warship.The British don't know it yet but the enemy ship in question is the German Navy raider Atlantis commanded by Captain Reger.His success in sneaking upon unsuspecting enemy vessels is due in large part on Atlantis' ability to disguise itself in a benign, non-combatant, neutral ship.To achieve this ruse, the Atlantis uses props, camouflage, paint, fake foreign flags and even theatrical costumes for its crew to make itself appear something it's not.When Atlantis is close to its prey, it reveals its true identity and opens fire sinking the duped victim. Finally realizing the truth, British Admiral Russell decides to set traps in order to persuade Atlantis to ... Written by nufs68

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The killer-ship of a thousand disguises ! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under Ten Flags See more »

Filming Locations:

Syracuse, Sicily, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Mason and Laurence Olivier were the two front runners for Charles Laughton admiral part. See more »

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Although this movie is supposed to be based on fact, the scene in which the spy breaks into the Germany Navy code room is fiction. In fact, the British code breakers at Bletchley Park had already broken the German codes and knew how to pinpoint Atlantis. However, to keep the Germans from knowing that the British had broken their codes, various cover stories were invented during the war. This error is not the fault of the film makers as this information was revealed to the general public until 1974, 14 years after this movie was made. See more »

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Opening credits: LONDON 1941

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A cracking good story all the better for being based on real events.
15 March 2005 | by keith_gSee all my reviews

A thoroughly enjoyable movie with real ships and lots of original wartime footage, which make it a refreshing change from some of the slick but unconvincing modern offerings. More than a few of the usual, expected stereotypes are depicted, but the plot chunters along at a cracking pace, interspersing furious naval action with some well-observed 'stiff upper lip' screenplay, some nerve-wracking espionage work and any number of amusing little character studies.

Honour, death, determination, courage, childbirth, duplicity, fear and humour are dealt with in turn and all acted out in a thoroughly workmanlike manner. Van Heflin is superb as the captain of the German ship and the unutterably delectable Mylene Demongeot is stunning as a perky nymphette who, obviously fearing her looks would fade before the end of the film, seemed desperate to hook a guy (any guy) before the end credits! As might be expected, the entirely dependable Charles Laughton did a sterling job of playing Charles Laughton - in a Sailor Suit! Without exception the rest of the supporting cast were top notch - all the way down to the brave little kids being winched aboard ship in a cargo net!!

As it is based on true events, this movie is all the more worth watching by anyone who enjoys naval warfare stories and is heartily recommended!

An 8 out of 10 without hesitation for me....


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