Bruce Forer
June 23, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Run Silent, Run Deep

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
performer
Clark Gable, Burt Lancaster, Don Rickles, Jack Warden
director
Robert Wise
author
John Gay
genre
War

We gave it a B+

If all the copies of The Hunt for Red October have disappeared from the shelves of your local video store, try Run Silent, Run Deep. Directed by Robert Wise (West Side Story), this black-and-white war of nerves aboard a decidedly low-tech submarine in the Pacific during World War II holds up remarkably well. The effects are not as special as Red October‘s, but it’s surprising how compelling the dramatic action can be after 30 years. In dubious command, an aging and sickly Clark Gable disobeys Navy orders and heads straight for Tokyo Bay, a graveyard for American ships. He incites a mutiny, and Burt Lancaster, in his prime but second fiddle nonetheless, takes over. Of course, Gable redeems himself just before the final battle. B+

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