Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Best Cold War Submarine Movie with no sub

The movie The Bedford Incident (1965) was produced in stark black & white (trailer) when technicolor had long been a film standard.  Although the movie's American destroyer (DLG-113) captain knows an unseen Soviet sub is armed with a nuclear torpedo, involvement of a nuclear-armed Soviet sub in 1962's Cuban Missile Crisis, would not have been guessed by most moviegoers until revelaed after Cold War's end:
"The film [now] bears an uncanny resemblance to the real-life, forced surfacing of Soviet submarine B-59 during the Cuban missile crisis of October, 1962. Unknown to the American destroyers hunting B-59, it carried a nuclear torpedo, and the [submarine B-59's] captain, thinking he was under attack and that "World War III" might be going on up on the surface, considered using his weapon.source

The film has an IMDB rating of 7.4,  which compares very favorably to The Hunt for Red October (1990)'s 7.6 IMBD rating as I write.  M.E. recommends the film to sub enthusiasts who have never seen it. Vigilis plans to view it again soon.

USS Bedford (DLG-113) detects a Soviet submarine off Greenland's coast (territorial waters at entrance of the J.C. Jacobsen Fjord.)

QUESTIONS of the WEEK

1 - What U.S. nuclear submarine made film history off Greenland?

2 - What is the capital city of Greenland?

3 - For what is the GIUK gap named?

Answers: Friday, 16 AUG 2013

Submarines are always silent and strange.


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