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The Sinking of the Laconia 

Dramatisation of the true story of the sinking of the liner Laconia by a German U-boat in 1942 through the eyes of six survivors.
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Series cast summary:
Andrew Buchan ...  Thomas Mortimer 2 episodes, 2011
Ken Duken ...  Werner Hartenstein 2 episodes, 2011
Franka Potente ...  Hilda 2 episodes, 2011
Thomas Kretschmann ...  Admiral Dönitz 2 episodes, 2011
Brian Cox ...  Captain Sharp 2 episodes, 2011
Lindsay Duncan ...  Elisabeth Fullwood 2 episodes, 2011
Matthias Koeberlin Matthias Koeberlin ...  Rostau 2 episodes, 2011
Ludovico Fremont ...  Vincenzo Di Giovanni 2 episodes, 2011
Jacob Matschenz Jacob Matschenz ...  Mannesmann 2 episodes, 2011
Frederick Lau ...  Fiedler 2 episodes, 2011
Simon Verhoeven ...  Harro Schacht / ... 2 episodes, 2011
Morven Christie ...  Laura Ferguson 2 episodes, 2011
Jodi Balfour ...  Sarah Fullwood 2 episodes, 2011
Nicholas Burns Nicholas Burns ...  Captain Coutts 2 episodes, 2011
Ciarán McMenamin ...  Declan McDermott 2 episodes, 2011
Lenny Wood Lenny Wood ...  Billy Hardacre 2 episodes, 2011
Ben Crompton ...  Harry Townes 2 episodes, 2011
Matthew Aubrey Matthew Aubrey ...  William Williams 2 episodes, 2011
Paul Hilton Paul Hilton ...  Henry Bates 2 episodes, 2011
Josef Du Plessis Josef Du Plessis ...  Anthony Bates 2 episodes, 2011
Rebekah Nathan Rebekah Nathan ...  Charlotte Bates 2 episodes, 2011
Jörg Malchow Jörg Malchow ...  Weber 2 episodes, 2011
Oskar Brown Oskar Brown ...  Waldemar 2 episodes, 2011
Stefan Rudolf ...  Remmert 2 episodes, 2011
Nikolai Kinski ...  Walter Drexler 2 episodes, 2011
Christian Serritiello ...  Additional Voices 2 episodes, 2011
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Six hundred miles from the coast of Africa, in September 1942, a German U-boat, U-156, sinks the British troopship Laconia carrying 1,800 Italian POWs, 80 British civilians, and 268 Polish and British soldiers. After realising that there were POWs and civilians on-board, and that they are facing certain death without rescue, U-Boat Commander Werner Hartenstein (Duken) makes a decision goes against the orders of Nazi high command. The U-boat surfaces and Hartenstein instructs his men to save as many of the shipwrecked survivors as they can. Over the next few days U-156 saved 400 people, with 200 people crammed on board the surface-level submarine and another 200 in lifeboats. Hartenstein gave orders for messages to be sent out to the Allies to organise a rescue of the survivors, but they were spotted by American B-24 Liberator bombers which moved in to attack. The Sinking of the Laconia takes a look at the human side of the remarkable events that took place: the friendships that ... Written by Wikipedia

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Official site at UFA.de

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UK | Germany

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English | German

Release Date:

6 January 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sinking of the Laconia See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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The number of lifeboats being towed often changes from shot to shot. See more »

Alternate Versions

The German version dubs all the actors to German, creating confusing moments in the story. In some scenes the original dialogues have to be changed to make it appear that the characters have not listened well to the German soldiers instead of understanding their language. In addition, in the opening and end credits, they give priority to German actors and 10 actors who play the British crew are uncredited. See more »

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Featured in When TV Goes to War (2011) See more »

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Abominable attempt of clearing German conscience and offending Poles, Jewish and other victims
1 February 2014 | by slramsSee all my reviews

1. The movie focuses on one of a few moments when Germans and Italians could claim moral superiority over Allies during the IIWW. What the movie makers forget and do not show on purpose is why the "heroic" Uboot commander is hunting British merchant ship. He is hunting it in name of no less than Adolf Hitler. The "heroic" crew of Uboot witnessed treatment of (mostly Polish) slaves in Germany and in French ports, with high probability they enjoyed the services of sexual slaves (in 1939-1941 mostly French and Polish) in Kriegsmarine brothels, they used goods stolen from Jews and Poles etc.

2. The villains of the movie are Polish soldiers, who escort Italians. Again it remains unclear where those people come from. It is simple: after fighting in Poland, they left Poland, via Hungary got to France to fight Germans, then some of them fought in Narvik (as a Polish unit), got back to Britain and went to Africa to fight Rommel. Their families got executed and enslaved (Germans executed 15 000 Poles in one place called Piasnica in 1939-40 to name an example). Their sons got sent as slaves to Germany (approx 2 million Polish slaves), their daughters raped. They could nourish certain hate against Axis soldiers.

3.It remains to wait for a movie about Sonderkommando Jewish prisoners, Russian kapos in KZ and heroic SS-men who protect KZ-prisoners from them. There could be one such case - so the movie will be based on facts.It is all about choosing which facts are to be depicted.

4. To put it short: it is an abominable dance on graves because not a minute is devoted to the context of the story.

5. The captain of Laconia deserves certain respect but he fought for Nazi Deutschland. Polish, Belorussian, Russian peasants who risked their lives as guerilla fighters had more courage than this idealized Uboot captain. They knew their survival chances were non-existent but they refused to comply.


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