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Expedition: Bismarck (2002)

An underwater expedition to the German battleship Bismarck and digitally reconstructs events that led up to the ship's sinking during World War II.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lance Henriksen ... Narrator (voice)
James Cameron ... Himself
Karl Kuhn Karl Kuhn ... Himself - Bismarck Survivor
Heinz Steeg Heinz Steeg ... Himself
Walter Weintz Walter Weintz ... Himself - Bismarck Survivor
Holger Herwig Holger Herwig ... Himself - Bismarck Historian (as Dr. Holger Herwig)
Mike Cameron ... Himself
Adrian Paul DeGroot Adrian Paul DeGroot ... Himself - ROV Technician (as Adrian Degroot)
David J. Bercuson David J. Bercuson ... Himself - Bismarck Historian (as Dr. David Bercuson)
Genya Chernaiev Genya Chernaiev ... Himself - MIR 2 Pilot (as Genya Cherniaev)
Lori Johnston Lori Johnston ... Herself - Expedition Scientist
Curt Lowens ... Walter Weintz (voice)
Richard Doyle ... Karl Kuhn (voice)
Kai Wulff ... Heinz Steeg - Bismarck Survivor (voice)
Blake Sutton Blake Sutton ... Young Walter Weintz


It was WWII's most fearsome ship. A ship so powerful, it sank the pride of the British fleet with a single salvo. Hearing the news, Winston Churchill saw no choice. He sent nearly the entire Royal Navy to hunt and destroy the Bismarck. But what really happened to this German legend? Was she sunk? Or was she scuttled? Now Titanic director James Cameron returns to the high seas to tell the tale and search for the truth. Leading a team of explorers, historians and Bismarck survivors, Cameron examines the wreck three miles down and discovers the answers that may finally end the debate. With revolutionary production techniques and high-tech Remotely Operated Vehicles, Cameron lights up this dark world and gives us the first glimpse inside the Bismarck in more than 60 years. Stunning high-definition footage shows underwater images with cinematic clarity. And cutting-edge animation and ultra-realistic reenactments bring the survivors' stories to life. Join the expedition and relive the ... Written by Unlucky Man666

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Release Date:

8 December 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

James Cameron's Expedition: Bismarck See more »

Filming Locations:

Hamburg, Germany See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The recreations of the Bismarck were filmed aboard the USS North Carolina, a decommissioned World War II battleship. The ship now serves as a museum in Wilmington, North Carolina. See more »


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OK,but loses its focus at times (6.5/10)
23 October 2007 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

for the most pat,this documentary is pretty decent viewing.it's mainly about the German juggernaut war ship Bismark and it's sinking.it gives a bit of a brief history of the ship.the some battle scenes are shown,many computer animated.the ship is shown as it sinks int the water under a barrage of British fire from most of the British fleet.meanwhile James Cameron and his crew prepare to explore the wreckage of the ship on the sea floor,using two submersibles.the footage of the ship 61 years almost to the day that it was sunk is pretty impressive.you get a real idea of how massive and well built the ship was.Cameron's crew were also able to enter the ship through many different holes,some caused by enemy artillery.you get an idea of what the inside of the was like.along with Cameron and company are two survivors of the sinking.there are a few things I didn't like here.one is that they never really had the two survivors relate much of their story,which would have been nice.another thing is i felt it took too long to get to the point where they were exploring the wreckage.also instead of letting the viewing just enjoy what they are seeing,sometimes Cameron and crew throw in some "ooh" and "ahh" comments.the documentary focuses a bit too much on the scientists and the technicians,which is not really interesting.there are a few scenes i thought they could have left out,which had very little to do with anything.other than that,though,it wasn't too bad.the computer animation was outstanding.i should qualify this by saying that this version is a two disc set,which contains special features.one of the feature is called Behind the Scenes,which has a featurette entitled Survivors.i haven't watched any of the features,but this one presumably focuses on the two survivors who are with the expedition.how in depth,i don't know.either way,though that footage should have been included in the actual feature.for me Expedition Bismark is a 6/10

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