San Demetrio London

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Time Out says

A prototype docudrama, still inspiring in its fusion of entertainment and wartime propaganda, produced by Michael Balcon at Ealing Studios and co-directed by Robert Hamer after Frend fell ill. The San Demetrio is an oil tanker, critically damaged by German gunfire in mid-Atlantic and abandoned to the flames by its crew, then heroically salvaged and brought safely home by part of the same crew when they happen on it, still floating, after drifting for three days in a lifeboat. The ship, in fact, becomes a microcosm or a symbol of the war: the ship is Island Britain, almost sunk (Dunkirk), its salvage the Churchillian ethos in action, with all hands pulling together and without a pompous officer chappie ordering people around. There is even an American aboard (Beatty) to make it an Allied victory. A fascinating and rather neglected picture.
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1943

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105 mins

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donald anderson

This film was the first 'Adult' film that my father took me to see during the WW2. I was then about 9yrs. old. We lived in Liverpool and had suffered the German bombing. The story of the San Demetrio was totally believeable and so typical of the convoy attacks we heard about so often in Liverpool. I recently came across a copy of the film and it brought so many memories back from my childhood. An excellent Film in every respect and wonderful propoganda to inspire our people.

donald anderson

This film was the first 'Adult' film that my father took me to see during the WW2. I was then about 9yrs. old. We lived in Liverpool and had suffered the German bombing. The story of the San Demetrio was totally believeable and so typical of the convoy attacks we heard about so often in Liverpool. I recently came across a copy of the film and it brought so many memories back from my childhood. An excellent Film in every respect and wonderful propoganda to inspire our people.

Adam H

An outstanding fmovie still occasionally on TV - proof that determined people will 'step up to the mark' in times of crisis and a credit to the British film industry shooting such a realistic movie of a real-life ocurrence.

Adam H

An outstanding fmovie still occasionally on TV - proof that determined people will 'step up to the mark' in times of crisis and a credit to the British film industry shooting such a realistic movie of a real-life ocurrence.