The Cruel Sea

Dir: Charles Frend

United Kingdom (UK)


126 mins



Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden and John Stratton

A runaway success, the novel The Cruel Sea had already sold over 4 million copies in just 2 years when Ealing decided to make the film version.

Filmed aboard an actual Royal Navy corvette, tells the story of the sailors aboard the HMS Compass Rose: the daily pressures they face, the bonds that form between them, and their epic struggle to overcome the enemy.

Nominated for a BAFTA for Best British Film, The Cruel Sea stars Jack Hawkins, Sir Donald Sinden and Stanley Baker, and is a gripping insight into the lives of unsung heroes at sea during the war, and the agonizing decisions and incredible peril they faced on a daily basis.

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