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- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: December 2, 2003
- Originally Released: 1942
- Label: Tgg Direct
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
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- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Academy Awards 1942 -
Special Achievement Awards
Description by OLDIES.com:
In Which We Serve
is a landmark film that captures the spirit and morale of the British Navy during World War II.
The story is about the sinking of the British destroyer, HMS Torrin, during the Battle of Crete and is told via flashbacks in the style made famous by Orson Welles in Citizen Kane. As the surviving crew cling to life boats and wreckage awaiting rescue, they flashback to their homes and loved ones, and in so doing recall just why they are fighting and whom they are fighting for.
Featured in this film are the debuts by Celia Johnson and Richard Attenborough, the first directorial effort by David Lean, and Noel Coward starring, writing the musical score, producing and co-directing this no-nonsense powerful World War II classic. This film is not to be missed.
An engrossing account of the sinking of the British destroyer HMS Torrin during the Battle of Crete. Three survivors on a raft recount their lives aboard the sunken vessel. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay.
Partially based on an actual naval disaster, this documentary-style drama uses real combat footage to tell the story of the destroyer Torrin and its crew.
After enemy torpedoes sink the British ship, Captain Kinross, Chief Petty Officer Hardy and Shorty Blake reminisce in a lifeboat. While the three navy men pray they'll come out of this alive... back home during the Blitz, Shorty's wife Freda gives birth to their child.
- Film acting debut for Richard Attenborough.
- First collaboration between Nöel Coward and David Lean.
- First and last time that Nöel Coward directed for the cinema.
- Directing debut for David Lean, who had been an editor.
- The film incorporates actual wartime naval combat footage. In order to preserve its original look, this footage was not digitally enhanced in Criterion's laserdisc transfer.
- The film is based on the true story of the H.M.S. Kelly, a destroyer under the leadership of Lord Louis Mountbatten which sank in the Mediterranean.
- Nöel Coward won a Special Award (certificate) in 1942 from the Academy for his outstanding production achievement.