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The Cruel Sea is a 1953 British film from Ealing Studios starring Jack Hawkins and (in his first film) Donald Sinden, with Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker, Liam Redmond, Virginia McKenna and Moira Lister. It was directed by Charles Frend and produced by Leslie Norman (father of TV movie critic, Barry Norman). It was based on the best selling novel The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat. It is a strikingly accurate portrayal of the war between the Royal Navy and Germany's U-boats from the viewpoint of the British naval officers and seamen who served in escort vessels during World War II, although the screenplay by Eric Ambler omitted some of Monsarrat's grimmest images. The film begins with a voice-over by Ericson (Jack Hawkins) - This is a story of the Battle of the Atlantic, the story of the ocean, two ships, and a handful of men. The men are the heroes; the heroines the ships. The only villain is the sea, the cruel sea, that man has made more cruel... Set at the start of 1940 just as...
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