The Bedford Incident

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Overview

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

    Novel

  2. James Poe

    Screenplay

  3. James B. Harris

    Director

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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.

  6. Wally Cox

    Wally Cox

    Seaman Merlin Queffle

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 42m

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  • October 11, 1965
    PG, Theatrical

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A review by John Chard

8.0
By John Chard

Yeah, it's a lot of work being a mean bastard.

The Bedford Incident is directed by James B. Harris and is adapted by James Poe from the 1963 book by Mark Rascovich. It stars Richard Widmark and Sidney Poitier, with Widmark co-producing. The cast also features James McArthur, Martin Balsam, Wally Cox and Eric Portman, as well as early appearances by Donald Sutherland and Ed Bishop.

The story is set during the Cold War and focuses on the captain and crew of the USS Bedford as it patrols the North Atlantic waters for Russian submarine activities. Capt. Eric Findlander (Widmark) is a tough au... read the rest.

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