The Battle of the River Plate (1956)

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In the opening years of World War II the Royal Navy was fighting a desperate battle to keep the Atlantic convoy routes open and the British Isles supplied. Of great danger were the numerous surface/commerce raiders that had slipped out of German waters just before war was declared. Supplied by axis cargo ships or tankers, they primarily attacked and sank merchant shipping, and they could and did strike anywhere and everywhere. This is the story of one such ship – the 'Admiral Graf Spee' – and how 3 lightly armed Royal Navy cruisers with mere 6 and 8 inch guns boldly took on this powerful 'pocket battleship' armed with 11 inch guns.

GENRES
Drama • War
DIRECTION
Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST
John Gregson  •  Anthony Quayle  •  Peter Finch  •  Ian Hunter

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CAST & CHARACTERS
John Gregson Captain Bell - H.M.S. Exeter
Anthony Quayle Commodore Harwood - H.M.S. Ajax
Peter Finch Captain Langsdorff 'Admiral Graff Spee'
Ian Hunter Captain Woodhouse - H.M.S. Ajax
Jack Gwillim Captain Parry - H.M.S. Achilles
Bernard Lee Captain Dove - M.S. Africa Shell
Lionel Murton Mike Fowler
Anthony Bushell Mr. Millington Drake - British Minister, Montevideo
Peter Illing Dr. Guani - Foreign Minister, Uruguay
Michael Goodliffe Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires
Patrick Macnee Lieutenant Commander Medley - R.N.
John Chandos Dr. Langmann - German Minister, Montevideo