Sink the Bismarck (1960)
Starring: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Mohner, Michael Hordern, Maurice Denham
Running time: 97 minutes
“Sink the Bismarck” is a recreation of the actual World War 2 sea chase that involved large elements of the British North Atlantic fleet pitted against the mighty German battleship, the Bismarck.This historically accurate film is set during Great Britain’s darkest hours in World War 2.Britain stands alone against the combined might of the Axis powers.Britain’s overstretched North Atlantic fleet is now given a new and significant challenge by the German Navy.
In May 1941, Germany’s most powerful war ship was sent out in the North Atlantic in search of British merchant convoys.These convoys would be relatively undefended, so the Bismarck would be a major challenge for the British Admiralty.This film tells the story of the Bismarck’s breakout into the North Atlantic and the mobilization of the entire British Navy in an attempt to first find the Bismarck, then to sink her.
This film is well acted, particularly by the Kenneth More as Captain Shepard, the man charged with sinking the Bismarck.Also, a good performance was provided by Dana Wynter, as Ms. Davis, Shepard’s assistant.While this film strives to be historical accurate, an element of “humanity” was added in the personal relationship between
Shepard and Wynter.Both were fictional characters.
The naval part of the story strives for complete historical accuracy.From the sinking of the HMS Hood, to the chase and ultimate sinking of the Bismarck at the hands of British battleships, great pains were taken in maintaining the accuracy of actual events.In most cases, they film was successful.There were some minor changes to history.For example, the film depicts the sinking of a small British destroyer at the hands of the Bismarck.In reality, no such event took place.
Although this 1960 black and white film is somewhat dated, it is still entertaining for both amateur World War 2 historians and fans of war movies in general. Its historical accuracy certainly adds to the quality of the movie experience.This movie is recommended and rated 3 stars.