The Hunley (1999)

TV Movie   |  TV-14   |    |  Action, Drama, History


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During the siege of Charleston of 1864, Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley becomes the first submersible to sink an enemy warship in wartime.


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12 July 1999 | yenlo
Historic tale but cliched.
The old tried but true dangerous mission scenario that requires volunteers and initially gets no takers. Then after a misfit crew is assembled to man the Confederate States Submarine "Hunley" they get into scuffs with one another as they size each other up before they as a group are insulted which results in uniting them. They eventually go on their mission and pay the ultimate price. Sound familiar i.e. The Dirty Dozen, The Devils Brigade to name a couple. Armand Assante puts in a good performance as The Hunleys skipper. Donald Sutherland on the other hand seems uninterested in his role as General Beauregard.

The young good old boy who keeps showing up to join and demonstrates his swimming ability by belly flopping and swimming madly seemed to serve no purpose in the story other than to be a sort of Jethro Bodine wannabe. The redeeming factor in this film is that it does tell a story that many people probably had no knowledge of. TNT will probably make another film about the very first submarine "The Turtle" before long.

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