Approved | | Drama, Thriller
An American destroyer Captain is determined to confront a Soviet submarine caught violating territorial waters. Perhaps too determined.
Although by this point, Sidney Poitier had been making films for fifteen years, this was the first film he made in which his race was neither mentioned nor relevant.
It's been my experience with the press that they ignore truth for sensationalism.
The studio prop ASROC (Anti-Submarine ROCket) control panel which ENS Ralston (James MacArthur) mans jumps, in the last few minutes of the film, from the CIC (Combat Information Center) to the bridge.
Reportedly, there are two versions with different endings. One version ends with a missile being fired and a torpedo being released from the sub seconds before. In another version the sub is destroyed, and later that evening the German commodore is found aiming a .45 at the nose cone of a live missile. The captain asks why, the commodore gives some reply and pulls the trigger. Mr. Munceford is blown over the side, but survives.