Cast and crew
It is easy to forget there once was a time when Britain made films of eloquence and understaed grandeur such as The Cruel Sea. Following the exploits of the North Atlantic convoys during the U boat emergency of the second world war, Jack Hawkins gives a rugged yet moving performance as the tortured skipper who has to make a split second decision whether to rescue survivors in the water or atttack the presumed U boat underneath them. His portrait of tortured intelligence has hardly ever been bettered, and he is given terrific support from genial Number 2 played by Donald Sinden. It's an old fashioned, unshowy film about courage, endurance, fortitude and comradeship, all played out against the Atlantic itself. A beautiful, enduring classic.
No jingoism, no "war is hell", just as near to how it was as is possible. If you think you are having a bad day, watch the film or read the book.....