The Cruel Sea

1953

Directed By

Charles Frend

Synopsis

The novel The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monserrat was an unflinching portrayal of life at sea during WWII, on a boat tasked with protecting convoys and seeking and destroying U-boats. A runaway success, the novel had already sold over 4 million copies in just 2 years when Ealing decided to make the film version.

Filmed aboard an actual Royal Navy corvette, The Cruel Sea tells the story of the sailors aboard the HMS Compass Rose: the bonds that form between them, the daily pressures they face and their epic struggle to overcome the enemy. Nominated for a BAFTA for Best British Film, The Cruel Sea stars Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden and Stanley Clarke, and is a gripping insight into the lives of unsung heroes at sea during the war, and the agonizing decisions and incredible peril they faced on a daily basis.

Cast
Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, John Stratton, Stanley Baker, Virginia Mckenna
Other Credits

Based On The Book By Nicholas Monsarrat
Screenplay By Eric Ambler

Release Date
13 June 2011
extras
  • New Interview with Donald Sinden
  • Stills gallery
  • English SDH
Restoration Details

A brand new restoration from a 2k digital scan

Pressbook

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