Synopsis: In the Atlantic during WWII, a ship and a German U-boat are involved in a battle and both are sunk. The survivors from the ship gather in one of the boats. They are from a variety of backgrounds: an international journalist, a rich businessman, the radio operator, a nurse, a steward, a sailor and an engineer with communist tendencies. Trouble starts when they pull a man out of the water who turns out to be from the U-boat.
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Alfred Hitchcock
Production: 20th Century Fox
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 2 wins.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min

Are you number two boat?


He was on number one last time I saw him.!

Ahoy there.!

Lady, you don't look like somebody

that's just been shipwrecked.

Man, I certainly feel like it.

Did you see anything

of Charcoal?

- Who?

- Joe, the steward.

He helped me

into the lifeboat with my things.

I thought this boat

was abandoned.

Not by me, it wasn't.

It looked pretty good to me.

What part of the ship

are you from, darling?

Engine room.

I was off duty in the washroom.


Caught with my...

I was washing my hands

when the torpedo smacked us.

Most of the crew

were trapped like rats.

- When they got to topside, it was a shambles.

- Quite a night.

Reminds me of an air raid once

that hit me in Chungking.

Reminded me of a slaughterhouse

I once worked at in Chicago.

Those Nazi buzzards in tin fish ain't

enough. They've got to shell us too.

Ha. Now I can perfect my backhand.

Get that.

It might come in handy.

Let's have the cap too.

What are we worryin'

about this junk for?

Let's take a look for the others before

that U-boat surfaces again and sees us.

- She won't surface. One of our shells got her.

- Are you sure?

She was killed dead, darling.

Went down like a rock.

Did you see it?

It's all in here, my pet.

You're Constance Porter.

I heard you were aboard.

- So you took pictures?

- And what pictures! Priceless!

Oh, I caught some

wonderful shots on deck.

A little knot of people

around one of the lifeboats.

They look slow and heavy and fat

with the life belts on, so lonesome.

Then a shell hit the lifeboat.

They all jumped overboard.

I got a beautiful shot of the gun crew

firing at the submarine.

But the best of all was in the boat,

here, with Joe.

I got the freighter going down, one of the

lifeboats caught in the suction and pulled under!

I got some of the U-boat crew

jumping overboard and I also got...


That's a perfect touch!

What did you do that for?

Why don't you wait for the baby

to float by and photograph that?



You stupid, clumsy, son-of-a...

Why don't you

look where you're going?

Absolutely irreplaceable stuff.

Priceless. The best film I ever took.!

- Goes to the bottom of the sea.

- That's better than going there yourself!

I wouldn't have parted with that film

for a million dollars.

When will I ever get stuff like that

again? Of all the stupid, clumsy...

Maybe we can arrange another shipwreck

for you sometime.

Sparks, did you have time

to send out an S.O.S.?

Hardly. The first shell from the U-boat

did for the radio shack.

Keep going, Kovac.

There's more people out there.

- Where'd this come from?

- t was floating by.

Miss MacKenzie!

- Stanley.!

- She's out there.

She's alive.

Come on, Kovac. Come on.

There's somebody, out there.

To your right, Kovac.

- There's three of them!

- Swing over, Kovac.

- Hurry, we've got a wounded man!

- Step on it!

- A dame!

- Never mind me. Help him. He's hurt his leg.

- Well, hang on, Miss.

- Well, folks, we're in business again.

- Somebody gonna give me a hand?

- Ritt.

- You old rat.

- Connie!

Did you come from the freighter

or the Stork Club?

- Still striking oil, I see, eh, Ritt?

- Anybody got any liquor?

I'll have this off you in a jiffy.

I'm okay, Sparks.

What happened to Nolan?

I was on my way from the bridge

to bring him our position...

a shell from the U-boat

hit the radio shack.

I was at the wheel waitin'

for Hennessy to relieve me.

Just set the mug up with

some hot java when...

Holy smokes, look at this mess.

Maybe we'd better

get the raft back.

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John Steinbeck

John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. (; February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author. He won the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception." He has been called "a giant of American letters," and many of his works are considered classics of Western literature.During his writing career, he authored 27 books, including 16 novels, six non-fiction books, and two collections of short stories. He is widely known for the comic novels Tortilla Flat (1935) and Cannery Row (1945), the multi-generation epic East of Eden (1952), and the novellas Of Mice and Men (1937) and The Red Pony (1937). The Pulitzer Prize-winning The Grapes of Wrath (1939) is considered Steinbeck's masterpiece and part of the American literary canon. In the first 75 years after it was published, it sold 14 million copies.Most of Steinbeck's work is set in central California, particularly in the Salinas Valley and the California Coast Ranges region. His works frequently explored the themes of fate and injustice, especially as applied to downtrodden or everyman protagonists. more…

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