The Bedford Incident
The Bedford Incident

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An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.... (Full plot summary below)

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An American destroyer captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.

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Variety - 7/10 by Variety Staff Poitier does an excellent job in both the light and serious aspects of his role, and manages to leave a personal stamp on his scenes.
PopMatters - 6/10 by Karla Rae Fuller Parallels to today's global political environment and our government's new cold war loom as large as the icebergs surrounding the USS Bedford and its Soviet prey in the North Atlantic Sea.
Filmcritic.com - 4/10 by Christopher Null The ending is a real piece of work that comes out of nowhere, and even though the film is a little repetitive up to that point, it's all worth it for the titular 'incident' in the end.
User Review - 10/10 by bill s While Stanley Kubrick went down the satirical path with his Cold war thriller Dr Strangelove. His old producing partner James B Harris gave us his own take on the genre and added element's of Moby Dick to give us a film which in its own way is just as powerful. Richard Widmark is the tough and no nonsense Captain Eric Finlander a naval ship commander who keeps his men on high alert and so highly wound they never get sick or leave there post. Into this cauldron od tension comes Martin Balsams understanding ships Doctor and Ben Munceford an award winning journalist played by Sidney Poitier. Finlander treats both arrivals with equal disdain seeing then as to weak or too Liberal to deal with the task in hand the pursuit of a Russian submarine off the coast of Greenland. Watching Finlanders ruthless quest Munceford begins to question Finlanders sanity and seeks answer from veteran U boat captain Shrepke played by Eric Portman. The acting here is first class as Widmark and Poitier butt head in a suitably excellent fashion while Balsam gets increasingly angrier and Portman wishes for a more straightforward time of one on one combat. With all this tension on the ship Harris gives us a terrifying denouement as a misheard word from Finlander causes a fatal mistake. This really is a top rate thriller and is deserves to stand along side the other great cold war thrillers of the time
User Review - 10/10 by James H Between Fail Safe, Dr Strangelove or this one, it's hard to pick the best nuclear holocaust film. With the first two, you know that this is always on the cards but with this one, what starts out as a relentless chase of a Soviet submarine by an obsessed captain with a tired crew, it ends in one of the junior officers mistaking a statement as an order. This has very unexpected and totally horrendous consequences for the submarine, the ship and the rest of the world. A very good movie, particularly as much of it was done in Britain.
User Review - 8/10 by Ashley H The Bedford Incident is a fantastic film. It is about an American destroyer captain who is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier give incredible performances. The screenplay is good but a little slow in places. James B. Harris did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama.
User Review - 8/10 by Marcus G Great cat and mouse chase between a U.S.ship and a Soviet Sub.
User Review - 8/10 by Andy K Oustanding little-known thriller aboard a destroyer armed with nuclear weapons. Richard Widmark and Sidney Portier are excellent as usual.
User Review - 6/10 by Dave J another well acted well staffed a bombs and fear=good movie

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