The Battle of the River Plate (1956)

Set during the opening years of World War II when the Royal Navy was fighting a desperate battle to keep the Atlantic convoy routes open and the British Isles supplied. Of great danger were the numerous surface/commerce raiders that had slipped out of German waters just before war was declared. These included battleships, heavy cruisers and auxiliary cruisers such as "Bismarck", "Scharnhorst", "Gneissenau", "Admiral Graf Spee", "Prinz Eugen" and "Atlantis". These ships were supplied by axis cargo ships or tankers and primarily attacked and sank merchant shipping. They could and did strike anywhere and everywhere. This story is loosely based on the story of one such ship, the "Admiral Graf Spee", and how 3 lightly armed Royal Navy cruisers with mere 6 and 8 inch guns boldly took on this powerful "pocket battleship" armed with 11 inch guns. The Royal Navy cruisers should have been blown out of the water before they could fire a single shot by the longer range 11 inch guns but ...

Directing:
  • Michael Powell
  • Emeric Pressburger
Writing:
  • Emeric Pressburger
  • Michael Powell
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  • Release Date: 1956-10-30
  • Views: 113
  • Country: GB
  • Language: English | Deutsch | Español
  • Runtime: 119

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Donald Moffat

Swanston, Lookout, H.M.S. Ajax

Anthony Quayle

Commodore Harwood, H.M.S. Ajax

Jeremy Kemp

Gunner, H.M.S. Achilles

Michael Goodliffe

Captain McCall R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires

Bernard Lee

Captain Dove, M.S. Africa Shell

John Gregson

Captain Bell, H.M.S. Exeter

Anthony Bushell

Sir Millington Drake, British Minister, Montevideo

Douglas Wilmer

M. Desmoulins, French Minister, Montevideo

Peter Finch

Captain Langsdorff, Admiral Graf Spee

Ian Hunter

Captain Woodhouse, H.M.S. Ajax

Peter Illing

Dr. Guani, Foreign Minister, Uruguay

Patrick Macnee

Lieutenant Commander Medley R.N.

John Chandos

Dr. Langmann, German Minister, Montevideo

Roger Delgado

Captain Varela, Uruguayan Navy

David Farrar

Narrator

John Le Mesurier

Reverend George Groves - Padre, HMS Exeter

Anthony Newley

Radio Operator, Tairoa, Prisoner on Admiral Graf Spee

Nigel Stock

Chief Officer, Tairoa, Prisoner on Admiral Graf Spee
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