Richard Widmark plays a hardened cold-war warrior and captain of the American destroyer USS Bedford. Sidney Poitier is a reporter given permission to interview the captain during a routine patrol. Poitier gets more than he bargained for when the Bedford discovers a Soviet sub in the depths and the captain begins a relentless pursuit, pushing his crew, and the on-screen tension, to breaking point in this chilling cold-war tale of cat and mouse.

  1. Mark Rascovich


  2. James Poe


  3. James B. Harris


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  1. Richard Widmark

    Richard Widmark

    Captain Eric Finlander, U.S.N.

  2. Sidney Poitier

    Sidney Poitier

    Ben Munceford

  3. Eric Portman

    Eric Portman

    Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke, Deutsche Marine

  4. James MacArthur

    James MacArthur

    Ensign Ralston, U.S.N.

  5. Martin Balsam

    Martin Balsam

    Lieut Cmdr. Chester Potter, M.D., U.S.N.

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The Bedford Incident
The Bedford Incident


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  • October 11, 1965


    Some material may not be suitable for children under 10. These films may contain some mild language, crude/suggestive humor, scary moments and/or violence. No drug content is present. There are a few exceptions to this rule. A few racial insults may also be heard.

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 42m

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