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run silent run deep
- kevin sellers
Entertaining submarine pic. Good laconic screenplay, without undue speechifying, by John Gay and well paced, if somewhat impersonal, direction by Robert Wise. Best sequence, in my opinion, is when the torpedo room gets flooded, three men die, and their bodies are shot to the top via torpedo tube to fool the Japanese. It's all done tersely and without histrionics, all the better to bring out the full horror of the proceedings. Very nicely done. On the debit side, the last half hour is kinda flat with the conflict between Lancaster and Gable, skillfully held in balance for the first three fourths of the film, too neatly wrapped up. The acting is all good, with solid, understated work by Gable, Lancaster, Jack Warden, Brad Dexter, Joe Maross, and Rudy Bond. Hell, even Don Rickles is restrained. At least for him. Give it a solid B.
good Movie but Not fo Clark Gable
This action packed war film is top entertainment. Burt Lancaster is excellent but Clark Gable, who had actually served in combat due the War, is jus too old to play the part of a U-Boat commander. He would have been about 58 when the film was made and he looked it. In fact he looks worn and exhausted in his role and his best scenes are when he is confined to bed rest and out of the action. Gable deserves respect for his military service but not for playing movie military roles long past his prime. Getting old is a fact of life. Playing parts well beyond the point when one's advancing age is believable is something else entirely.
Better Late Than Never
I've always ravenously consumed classic films but for some reason this one never caught my eye. I'm so glad that I finally made the effort to watch and more importantly pay attention to this great WWII Sub film! I think the acting, direction, dialog and cinematography are outstanding. Finding myself watching this one over and over again; always catching something more enjoyable than the last.
The Best Of All Submarine Films!
- J. D. Jitters
This is the best of all submarine films, bar none but it is also filled with fiction. It is a known fact that the American torpedo was very, very unreliable and a bow shot next to impossible--period. Non-the less a great movie.
A Great Story Suffered in Translation
Capt. Edward L. Beach, Jr. (Navy Cross) was a true hero, (look him up on the internet) and his experiences on USS TRIGGER, USS TIRANTE and USS PIPER were the inspiration for his novel Run Silent Run Deep. It is a literary classic, and the definitive novel about submarine warfare and the men in those boats. Anyone who has read his book (and his other works) is or will be sorely disappointed with the very loosely-based, butchered plot devised for the technically fine film Wise put together. The most glaringly absurd plot issue starts with Gable's character surviving his sub being sunk just off the coast of Japan, and subsequently convalescing at Pearl Harbor, rather than facing 40 months of torture, starvation and slave labor as a guest of the Japanese. The tension between Gable and Lancaster is a convoluted clash of wills and "not with MY ship, you don't," melodrama. The cast and the action are good, but they missed telling a great story. No wonder Beach was very disappointed with the film version. Do yourself or your teenaged son or daughter a favor and find a copy of this great novel!
Good Submarine Fare
Liked Burt & Gable.Figured Gable died in the end.Burt a good producer,convincing 1st officer.Loved Mr Rickles,and esp Jack Warden
One of my favorites - but I have a question
I've loved this movie since I was a kid. Loved it purely for the action back then, and have since come to really appreciate the cinematic quality that Gable and Lancaster and Robert Wise have created. But I've often wondered about something. How does Gable get sunk so close off the coast of Japan and wind up behind a desk at Pearl Harbor within a year? Was there one helluva daring rescue sequence that wound up on the cutting room floor? It doesn't diminish one's enjoyment of this flick in my opinion. Just something I'm curious about. I've never read the book, so maybe therein lies the answer.
Burt Lancaster both produced and starred in this great film directed bythe great Robert Wise. Clark Gable is the first billed star and as allways professional. I like Burt Lancaster's work tremendously in this film and other favorites such as Judgement At Nurgemberg, Elmer Gantry, and my Lancaster favorite Birdman of Alcatraz.
great war drama
- george snedker
terrific and tense sub drama and one of the best war films ever.
My Father Served in WWII on a Sub SS399 Sea Cat
My Father Served as the Radioman on the SS399 Sea Cat which was newly commissioned out of Pearl Harbor in 1944 / It was a Brand New Sub was on numerous Tours of Duty in the Pacific eventually based out of Guamand was one of 12 Submarines that was order by Admiral Chester Nimitz to escort the Battleship Missouri BB63into Tokyo Bay for the Surrender of the Japanese by General Douglas MacArthur.I still have the Original Artwork drawn by My Father on the Conning Tower of the Sub SS399 Sea Cat on his Sub Jacket and have original stationary and communications from Com Sub PacAs a Child I was on many Real Live Commissioned Submarines and watched every Sub Movie ever made This is a Classic Movie about those men who had the best of everything and yet it took a special breed of man to make it through Sub School and into the prestigious Sub Service.
Run Silent Run Deep
You won't find better action and better leading men than this "granddaddy," of submarine movies.A great choice to kick off Memorial Week-End 2011 from TCM. Very well written, no over the topperformances by the actors. Blended and coordinated beautifully - skillful to a T. A classic!
Run Silent, Run Deep
- janet grayson
Excellent film, suspenseful throughout. Performances by Gable and Lancaster are first rate. Gable no longer in his hey-dey once again proves his actor quality in this film. Lancaster is terrific but Gable takes the laurels.
one of the best sub films
- mark bonamer
although the screenplay does not follow the book, it is still one of the best sub films ever made.
Very realistic in its depiction of WWII US submarine warfare, and the enlisted crewmen are shown as highly motivated thinking persons, not as automatons or comic buffoons as is so often done today.
A Classic in every sence.
One of the best if not the best sub movie of all time.GABLE & LANCASTER WAR DRAMA.One of my favorites.
- Bob Hendrick
This is my favorite submarine movie of all time. Why? Three words: Gable, Lancaster and Wise. If this movie were to be remade today (God forbid), who could equal those three? Great plot, action and supporting cast. A classic example of a black and white film making at it's best. Up periscope for this one.
Fighting for our country.
- Chuck Wilson
This is a great war story about courage, integrity and patriotism. As oppossed to movies today, there were no radical opinions criticizing our government. The story centers around getting the job done for the good old U S of A. Even though there was personal conflict between Clark Cable and Burt Lancaster as the Captain and his Exec; those were put aside when the chips were down. It is a great narrative about how tough our fighting men were in the Pacific. Tom Clancy could have written this one. The story was great, and the action greater. 5 Stars! There is also a great side bar here concerning the loyalty of Burt Lancaster toward his good friend from his trapeze days, Nick Cravat. Burt used him in nine movies, including this one.
When can I see this movie again
- Karin Eriksen
I hope soon
Run Silent, Run Deep
- craig brewster
Mant times military action films come up short. don't tell the true story. Especialy during WWII even if the battle in real life was shown we never lost even if in real life we got hurt. Such as the movie made after the battle of Wake Island. That movie stetched the trurth for moral reasons. This movie showed the hardships submariners put up with. Gable and Lancaster are strong actors and did a great job.