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The Battle Of The River Plate - Digitally Remastered (DVD) Loot Price: R111
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The Battle Of The River Plate - Digitally Remastered (DVD)

Peter Finch, John Gregson, Bernard Lee, Anthony Quayle, Anthony Bushell, Andrew Cruickshank, Michael Goodliffe, Ian Hunter, Peter Illing, Christopher Lee, …

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Factual WWII naval drama starring John Gregson, Peter Finch, Anthony Quayle, Ian Hunter and Bernard Lee. Unlike many other war movies of its time, this one treats the Germans as honourable opponents.
Three months into the war in December 1939, three British was vessels in the South Atlantic (the Ajax, the Exeter and the Achilles) hunt down and find the German pocket battleship, the Graf Spee<i/i>, that has been causing havoc to allied shipping. In the subsequent sea battle, the German ship severely damaged, and takes refuge in a neutral port. However, by international law, Captain Langsdorf (a very young Peter Finch) has only 48 hours of sanctuary before his vessel must venture forth and face up to the British once again. Meanwhile, Commodore Harwood (Anthony Quayle) is playing a kind of mental chess game in order to outmanoeuvre the Graf Spee when she reappears.

The Technicolor VistaVision photography is outstanding. Watch for Christopher Lee in a small role as the ship’s padre!
The penultimate film from the celebrated teaming of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ('Black Narcissus', 'A Matter of Life and Death') tells the true story of the famous 1939 naval battle. Hans Langsdorff (Peter Finch) is captaining the crack German battleship Graf Spee through the South Atlantic, unaware that a small number of lightweight British battle cruisers are hot on his trail. When the British cruisers manage to trap the powerful German ship in the Uruguayan harbour of Montevideo, they attempt to trick Langsdorff into believing that an entire battle fleet is waiting to destroy his vessel at sea.


Studio: Carlton Visual Entertainment
Release date: March 2003
Movie released: 1956
Actors: Peter Finch • John Gregson • Bernard Lee • Anthony Quayle • Anthony Bushell • Andrew Cruickshank • Michael Goodliffe • Ian Hunter • Peter Illing • Christopher Lee • Lionel Murton • William Squire • Jack Gwillim • Roger Delgado
Contributors: Michael Powell • Emeric Pressburger • Brian Easdale
Directors: Michael Powell • Emeric Pressburger
Dimensions: 192 x 137 x 15mm (L x W x T)
Format: DVD
Languages: English
Age restriction: A
Categories: DVD > War
DVD > Feature Film
DVD > True Story
Barcode: 5037115041432

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