Published on March 24th, 2007 | by Chris0
Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
Starring legends Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, 1958's "Run Silent, Run Deep" is a typical World War II Submarine adventure.
What makes this one not so typical though, is the incredible tension and suspense that happens on board the sub, the USS Nerka. Capt. Richardson (Gable) has been sidelined after being sunk in the Pacific by the Japanese once already. Capt. Bledsoe (Lancaster) is the upcoming officer who is given XO status on board Richardson's new command.
However, Richardson has a different agenda, namely revenge against the Japanese destroyer who sunk him and three others in the same section of sea. Of course he doesn't come right out and say it, which brings suspicion and doubt for the rest of the crew.
In the end, Richardson suffers a nasty head injury, which proves to be his downfall. Before that he saves the day by figuring out the mystery which had proved so elusive to the four previous victims.
The acting of course is superb with this cast, which also includes Jack Warden and Don Rickles(!) The effects consist mostly of models it would seem, but its not that badly done. Most of the film takes place below decks or on the bridge anyway, so its not a big detraction.
This is one of those classics that will continue to surprise folks like me who really weren't expecting all that much. Be sure to put this on your "to watch" list.
Run Silent, Run Deep
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A movie's lasting value can often be measured by its influence in the years and decades following its original release, and on that basis Run Silent, Run Deep is certainly a classic of sorts. It remains one of the seminal World War II submarine pictures, and its intelligent script and tautly executed action are clearly echoed in such later submarine dramas as Das Boot and especially Crimson Tide, which borrows liberally from this 1958 film...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Manufacturer: MGM (Video & DVD)
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- Clark Gable
- Burt Lancaster
- Jack Warden
- Brad Dexter
- Don Rickles
Summary: Starring legends Clark Gable and Burt Lancaster, 1958's "Run Silent, Run Deep" is a typical World War II Submarine adventure.