Set during the Korean War, a Navy fighter pilot must come to terms with with his own ambivalence towards the war and the fear of having to bomb a set of highly defended bridges. The ending of this grim war drama is all tension.
A retired professor rents his attic apartment to pregnant Peggy and her GI-Bill-student husband. The professor ponders if his life is no longer useful while the young couple faces the challenges shared with many WW II veterans' families.
Submarine commander Ken White is forced to suddenly submerge, leaving his captain and another crew member to die outside the sub during WW II. Subsequent years of meaningless navy ground assignments and the animosity of a former sailor, leave White (now a captain) feeling guilty and empty. His life spirals downward and his wife is about to leave him. Suddenly, he is forced into a dangerous rescue situation at the start of the Koren War.... reassigned to the same submarine where all of his problems began.Written by
SS-306 was actually the USS Tang. In her short career, lasting barely over a year, she amassed an unequaled record. Depending on the source, she sank either 24 ships for 93,824 tons or 31 ships in her five patrols, totaling 227,800. The Tang was sunk on 25 October,1944 with the loss of 74 men. Nine men, including her skipper, survived. Tang was sunk by her last torpedo which made a circular run. Picked up by a Japanese destroyer, the men were tortured by survivors of the ships she had sunk in her last action. They were interred at Japanese POW camps until the end of the war. See more »
The ribbons on William Holden's khaki uniform are different than the ribbons he wears on his blues. See more »
An interesting study in a different sort of war trauma
An excellent war drama presenting many interesting war problems with an excellent cast: William Holden and William Bendix match each other perfectly, both partly as victims of war traumas. Holden enters his submarine on the very day when the war ends by the Japanese capitulation, but before that moment occurs there is a critical action which leaves Holden and Bendix both traumatized. As someone said, this is actually a very valuable presentation of the PTSD problem, as neither Holden nor Bendix ever get over it. Fortunately there is also Nancy Olson who can provide a happy end after all. The story, like generally all submarine stories on film, is extremely interesting and exciting, while at the same time it is a typical William Holden film: he almost always played the same character, always serious, always deep in trouble, always getting into intricately difficult situations, usually losing his life in the bargain, while here he has some difficulty in finding himself obliged to survive and endure ordinary life. It is only really difficult in peace time, though - as soon as the Kore war begins he is at it again, and, as usual, he makes it.
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