The Cruel Sea

Synopsis: At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer. Atmospheric sea footage.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Charles Frend
Production: Eric Ambler
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 nominations.
126 min

Why don't you ask the skipper?

He'll fix it for you!

Here! That corner's mine!

Compass Rose, 'shun!

Pipe the still!

Hands to stations

for leaving harbour!

Special sea-duty men close up!

Bridge, depth charge,

can you hear me?

Ferraby! Why aren't you aft

where you belong?

I-I was just going aft, sir.

Just going.

Now, listen.

I've been watching you, sub.

You've been marking time

since I stopped you sleeping ashore

when your wife was up here.

Well, from now on

you're going to jump!

And don't you forget it!

- If I ever catch you skulking about...

- 'Bridge? '

- 'Bridge, sir. '

- Is the first lieutenant there?

- 'Yes, sir. '

- Ask him to come down to my cabin.

- Engine's ready, sir.

- Very good, Chief.

- About the revs, sir.

- Yes.

The builders say slow ahead, 35,

half a head, 100.

- Try that to start with.

- Aye-aye, sir.

If I ring "full astern" twice,

it means only you can save me.

I'll remember that, sir.

I wonder if we'll ever see

action in her.

My paper says

it'll be all over by Easter.

- You wanted me, sir?

- Yes.

- Are we ready to move, Number One?

- Yes, sir. Any time you lik e.

It's your job to come and tell me.

I can't guess at it.

- Are all the hands aboard?

- Er... I think so, sir.

Well, are they or aren't they?

I'll detail Ferraby to check up.

You won't detail anyone. Unless

you want to change jobs with them.

Report to me on the bridge

when ready for sea.

Aye-aye, sir.

Let go, aft!

Let go!

K49, hoist!

All clear, aft!

- Slow ahead.

- Slow ahead.

Slow ahead, sir.

Good luck to you, Compass Rose!

'At Greenock,

we ammunitioned and stored.

'Compass Rose passed her sea trials,

'and I took her over

from the builders.

'Then we went north

for our working-up exercises.

'The three weeks of training,

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Eric Ambler

Eric Clifford Ambler OBE (28 June 1909 – 22 October 1998) was an influential British author of thrillers, in particular spy novels, who introduced a new realism to the genre. He also worked as a screenwriter. Ambler used the pseudonym Eliot Reed for books co-written with Charles Rodda. more…

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