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What's you favourite "Jack" film?

Graybags said:
Strange choice, but true

The Silent Enemy (1958)

Based in Gibraltar, the story of "Buster" Crabbe
One of the things that makes it endearing to me is that the Jolly jack tars live in a cave down below Parson's Lodge battery
If you haven't seen it, it crops up on TV very occasionally
G

Is that the one where Sid James plays the hard as nails Petty Officer?
 
Update to the Ships in the Battle of the River Plate film:-
Admiral Graf Spee - USS Salem
Ajax - HMS Sheffield
Exeter - HMS Jamaica
Achilles - INS Dehli (Ex Achilles)
Cunberland - HMS Cumberland
It stood in my mind that they had use HMNZ Royalist in the film , but I was mistaken.
 
Has to be "The Cruel Sea", remember watching it whilst up the Gulf in 1991 on the Manch.

NP 2010 on Diligence in San Carlos in 1984, there were only 2 videos in the lads mess, one was knackered the other was " Bullshot", it became part of the joining routine to watch it. Everyone knew it off by heart. :roll:

Tez
 
IMHO, you can't beat a bit of Sean Copnnery speaking Russian in a strong Scottish accent! The Hunt for Red October was actually very well scripted, and was a pretty good adaptation of the Tom Clancy book.

Crimson Tide was also pretty dramatic, and had a few good sub-plots, but overall I thought it could have been done a little better. Gene Hackman - brilliant!

Ghost
 
It's got to be 'Ships with Wings' starring HMS Ark Royal (the one that went down in the Med in 1941). The acting and sets are absolutely 'authentic'. The film was a wartime propaganda film to lift the spirits of the UK populace. It's still available from Amazon or Play.com I think.

Shiner Wright
 
I was talking to an ex-matelot the other day who helped out with the pyrotechnics for 'The Amethyst Incident'. Turns out most of it was shot off the Suffolk coast. His most enduring memory was being paid twice - one by the Navy and also by the film company.
 
Cruel Sea has got to be the one -----by the time they made that film all the wartime corvettes had been sold or scrapped , They had to use an Irish Navy one for the onboard ship scenes!

Next is Das Boot -----------------really well made and a good story based on true life------the uboat Navy lost 75% of boats and crews during WW2


On the comedy side -anyone remember the Up the creek and Further up the creek movies -
 
Monty_Stubble said:
I was talking to an ex-matelot the other day who helped out with the pyrotechnics for 'The Amethyst Incident'. Turns out most of it was shot off the Suffolk coast. His most enduring memory was being paid twice - one by the Navy and also by the film company.


The film was shot in and around the River Stour/Orwell by Harwich, Suffolk using the Ships Company and Boys from HMS Ganges as extras etc.

with reference to WWII escorts still available. Some of us were still pushing Loch Class Frigates around in 63/66. Loch Fada being the last to pay off in 1967/8 I think.

Nutty
 
The full Das Boot followed closely by Master and Commander.

Or the Simpsons episode where Homer joins the Naval Reserve!

I would also recommend the BBC adaptation of the William Golding trilogy To the Ends of the Earth, a classic book.

And, on the subject of books, I recomend the excellent novel about Darwin and Fitzroy on HMS Beagle This Thing of Darkness. That book should be made into a film immediately!
 

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