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This topic was initiatiated at http://harpgamer.com/harpforum/index.php?s...amp;#entry18886

but after the long and painful writing below, I think it's better begin this new topic ;)

 

I can't say what's my favorite submarine film (in general, for me, the war movies are bad movies), and I remember my grandfather was submariner (sunked in C-3 by a torpedo fired by U-34).

But some unknown mad Spaniard had presented a truckload of submarine films someplace in the Net (in spanish), and I can now refresh memories with some titles, some of them unknown to me previously, other famous films, other apparently infamous films, and of course I've not see all of them, but this is a relation of some of those films (I shown also for your fun the "imaginative", "asimetrical" or "diversive" spanish movie titles)(And some other information about this topic in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarine_films ):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Enemy_Below (Duelo en el Atlántico).

http://www.answers.com/topic/depth-charge-2008-action-film (Amenaza en las Profundidades).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Seahawk Film title Submarine Seahawk, Spencer G. Bennet 1958 (El Halcón Marino).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Petticoat (Operación Pacífico) a famous and good film with acceptable historical basis.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Destination_Tokyo (Destino Tokio)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deep_Shock (Impacto Profundo) Unknown to me, sci-fi.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Above_Us_the_Waves_(film) (Operación Tirpitz), 1955, unknown to me, perhaps interesting.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hostile_Waters_(film) (Aguas Turbulentas), I suppose based in the book.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murphy's_War (La Guerra de Murphy), curious film, but I dont like it very much.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shock_Waves (La Isla de los Nazis Submarinos, !!!???), awful apparence.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gung_Ho!_(1943_film) (Gung Ho!)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell_and_High_Water_(film) (El Diablo de las Aguas Turbias), curious script and curious film.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bedford_Incident (Estado de Alarma) a realistic and must-to-see film, improved with the years pass, the role played by Widmark is as my boss (something as a district attorney) in the real life, and I hope the end of our relation will not the same as in the film !!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_Periscope (Infierno Bajo las Aguas).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Pacific (La Flota Silenciosa).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/On_the_Beach_(1959_film) (La Hora Final), not exactly a war movie, but a good film.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Das_letzte_U-Boot (Das Boot 2, La Última Misión), first images, a SS Foxtrot, playing as U-234 !! later, I see is a East German director, TV movie 1992.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/49th_Parallel_(film) (Los Invasores), curious script, only very marginally submarine film.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torpedo_Run (El Último Torpedo).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/They_Were_Expendable (No Eran Imprescindibles), but I see it's a PT Boats movie !!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Which_We_Serve (Sangre, Sudor y Lágrimas).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crash_Dive (Tiburones de Acero).

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/U_47_%E2%80%9...nleutnant_Prien (No Spanish title), german film in german.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_Lady_Down (Alerta Roja Neptuno Hundido), not a very good film, but some interesting items, as DSRV-1.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assault_on_a_Queen (Asalto al Queen Mary) obviously not a war film.

http://www.answers.com/topic/blockade-film-1 (Bloqueo) it seems a leftist propaganda film.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enigma_(2001_film) (Enigma) good film and good script.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Russians_...ians_Are_Coming ( ¡ Qué Vienen los Rusos !), great and sensible comedy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Submarine_Attack (La Gran Esperanza/El Último Submarino) unknow to me.

http://www.answers.com/topic/submarine-x-1 (Submarino X-1), with James Caan, unknown to me, but the title is self-explanatory.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_Enemy_Hands_(film) (U-Boat), US-German acceptable minor film.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torpedo_Bay (Mientras Dure la Tempestad), curious franco-italian film, about Betasom (one of his alternate titles).

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0345967/ Submarines (USS Majesty Alerta Nuclear).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hunley (The Hunley) It sembles a good historical reconstruction film.

 

And reading about this topic, I think this film

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morgenrot_(film)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0024352/plotsummary

is the movie that my grandparents saw when my grandfather said to my grandmother that if he was trapped in a sunken submarine and saw that the oxygen was finishing him, he would shoot his own head.

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Not of serious historical or military interest, but I think the series and film Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is worth of mention (when it was running on TV I was some 7 years old, and my parents have not TV, I'm downloading it now), at least for fans of Science Fiction as we are great part of us.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyage_to_the...Sea_(TV_series)

 

And I forgetted a very curious 1959 film in the first list, The Atomic Submarine, because I've recorded it from other source, more SF than military theme, and relationated someways with Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Atomic_Submarine

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Not of serious historical or military interest, but I think the series and film Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea is worth of mention (when it was running on TV I was some 7 years old, and my parents have not TV, I'm downloading it now), at least for fans of Science Fiction as we are great part of us.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voyage_to_the...Sea_(TV_series)

 

And I forgetted a very curious 1959 film in the first list, The Atomic Submarine, because I've recorded it from other source, more SF than military theme, and relationated someways with Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea ;)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Atomic_Submarine

Guess I'm a pacifist, I liked the Jules Verne "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". Maybe not really a submarine film as the Naulilus was quite hypothetical at the time of Vernes writing, or so I believe, but interesting to see how he thought it might work. (Lucky he wasn't as accurate with "Time Machine" I think).

There was also a Sci Fi movie (It might already be listed) about a sub and a kind of bionic flying saucer - can anyone remember it - about 35 years ago I guess. I seem to remember they rammed the saucer then enterd it via a torpedo tube??

 

Don Thomas

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Now watching Moby Dick 2010.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby_Dick_(2010_film)

Not strictly a submarine film, and only a very light divertiment, but you can see on it infographics of SH-60B, MV-22, the USS Pequod (a modified SSN Virginia-class), the Xena girl-friend, and a giant whale fired upon with 2xSUBROC !!!

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I gotta throw in "Hunt for Red October"http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099810/, and "Crimson Tide"http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0112740/.

 

When I read Hunt for Red October, I remember thinking that Clancy must've used spies to get some of his background. They mentioned SOSUS, which the Navy was pretty close mouthed about at one time as I recall. Crimson Tide no doubt had a few folks worrying about being vaporized in their sleep due to some garbled message or other mistake.

 

Buddha

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Alfa Tau! , another very rare submarine movie discovered by me a few days ago, filmed by the fascist Italy in 1942, based on real situations about the Enrico Toti (Balilla class) and other Italian subs actions, very realistic with real subs and many non-professional actors, centered on the human side of the history, of austere realization and surprisingly devoid of propaganda politics.

Lightly censored after the war (deleted some little fascist symbology and "Save the King!" cries), at last was released first only for export (the Italian Wikipedia not mention it, but I think it was late heavy edited, if not I don't understand some scenes, as P-51 and Helldivers attacking the sub, probably were added after the war). A curious film and to some grade very realistic, indeed: http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Tau!

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