The Cruel Sea


Directed By

Charles Frend


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.

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
  • New Interview with Donald Sinden
  • Stills gallery
  • English SDH
Restoration Details

A brand new restoration from a 2k digital scan


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