R | | Action, Drama, History
During World War II, an American navy ship is sunk by a Japanese submarine leaving 300 crewmen stranded in shark infested waters.
Captain McVay commanded the Indianapolis for precisely 254 days: November 18th, 1944 through July 30th, 1945.
President Truman has chosen you and your crew to lead a highly classified mission.
The USS Indianapolis (CA-35), a Portland class heavy cruiser, is portrayed by the USS Alabama, (BB-60), a South Dakota class battleship. No attempt is made to make the Alabama look anything like Indianapolis, a completely different type of ship.
During the credits, old photos from the USS Indianapolis and her crew roll alongside the credits.