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In this seagoing military drama set in World War II, Lt. Comdr. Ericson (Jack Hawkins) is made captain of a British corvette, a small escort vessel used to guide and protect convoys traveling through the Atlantic. Ericson had his confidence severely shaken during his last command, in which he lost his ship and most of its men following an attack by a German U-boat. As he leads a new and largely inexperienced crew aboard the H.M.S. Compass Rose, Ericson is once again thrown into a life-and-death dilemma that forces him to ...


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Mar 8, 2017

Convoy war action from WWII

This English made film starring Jack Hawkins is hard to find in a dvd playable in the U.S. region. The shipboard scenes are as claustrophobic as you'd imagine on single-gunned small escort vessel. The acting is believable and the action, interspliced with actual combat and training footage, is gripping. The special effects of the staged wolf pack attacks in this 1953 film are obviously done with models, but the viewer becomes so immersed in the life of the officers and crew of the Compass Rose, it doesn't really matter to this fan of this way above average war flick.

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