New Battle of Atlantic Film - Greyhound

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by hucks216, Feb 6, 2020.

  1. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    Due for release on 8th May 2020 is the Tom Hanks film Greyhound which is based on the C.S. Forester novel 'The Good Shepherd' and tells the story of a USN captain who has to escort a convoy through U-Boat infested waters. Also starts Stephen Graham.

    IMDb: Greyhound (2020) - IMDb
     
  2. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA

    Sounds like it should be good but I have a bad feeling about this one. Hope I'm wrong.
     
  3. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    I don't know whether it makes sense to worry about this but I haven't seen a trailer released for it yet.
     
  4. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    or a sinking feeling perhaps :lol:

    TD
     
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  5. idler

    idler GeneralList

    Going head to head with The Cruel Sea - brave...
     
  6. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    I'm a little curious about the name of the film. In the book, is the captain's ship the Greyhound?
     
  7. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    From memory no

    It's a good book and about more than one ship - in it the hero has to juggle a number of escort vessels (RN, RCN etc) as well as his own and the convoy. It tells one a great deal more about the choices a commander in that situation would have to make than does the Cruel Sea. The original title came in part because the commander is a religious man given to quoting psalms
     
  8. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

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  9. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

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  10. Ramiles

    Ramiles Researching 9th Lancers, 24th L and SRY

    I'm just over half way through it now. It reads, I think, as a pretty good basis for a film script. I'm a bit intrigued though by the Captain's wife. ;-)

    Though already mentioned in passing, she's not really a major character in the book thus far :-(

    Greyhound (film) - Wikipedia

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  11. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    And without being a spoiler she isn't anywhere
     
  12. hucks216

    hucks216 Member

    And here is the trailer - looks really good.

     
  13. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    Thanks Ramilies for the reminder about The Cruel Sea. Which I read soon after it was published. Very emotional, because my Dad was in the RN during WW2 on a ship protecting the brave MN ships, who had no way to protect themselves.
     
  14. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Why do the u boats keep surfacing near the escorts in the trailer?!
     
  15. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Someone :whistle: forgot to bring the long lenses :huh::omg::blush:

    TD
     
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  16. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    The film, "The Cruel Sea" with Jack Hawkins is on BBC2 this afternoon at 2pm.
     
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  17. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    A great film, of course, and remarkably true to the spirit of the novel. Hawkins is brilliant.
     
  18. TTH

    TTH Senior Member

    Sending good wishes etc to Tom Hanks and his wife.
     
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  19. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    I started to watch the film but couldn't continue after about 20 mins as my tears were flowing..
    They were keeping us safe and fed, but at what cost?
     
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  20. Robert-w

    Robert-w Banned

    The Battle of the Atlantic is all too often seen as a defensive action - it was not it was the beginning of the Allied offensive against Germany. Winning it was vital to Operation Bolero which was the build up of material and men in Britain for an invasion of Western Europe (originally Roundup and then Overlord). Dramatic changes in agricultural strategy (including a shift to arable cultivation) meant that whilst Britain might have gone hungry(ier) had the BotA been lost Germany was not going to be able to starve her out but Bolero would have failed and with it the prospects of an Allied invasion in the West.
     

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