Overview

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.

  1. Michael Powell

    Director, Writer

  2. Emeric Pressburger

    Director, Writer

Top Billed Cast

  1. John Gregson

    John Gregson

    Captain Bell, H.M.S. Exeter

  2. Anthony Quayle

    Anthony Quayle

    Commodore Harwood, H.M.S. Ajax

  3. Peter Finch

    Peter Finch

    Captain Langsdorff, Admiral Graf Spee

  4. Ian Hunter

    Ian Hunter

    Captain Woodhouse, H.M.S. Ajax

  5. Jack Gwillim

    Jack Gwillim

    Captain Parry, H.M.S. Achilles

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The Battle of the River Plate
The Battle of the River Plate

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Status Released

Release Information

  • November 1, 1957
    G
    Theatrical

    Meaning

    All ages admitted. There is no content that would be objectionable to most parents. This is one of only two ratings dating back to 1968 that still exists today.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 59m

Budget -

Revenue -

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