The Bedford Incident

The Bedford Incident

Director: James B. Harris Cast: Richard Widmark, Sidney Poitier, James MacArthur

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The Bedford Incident was an attempt by Columbia Pictures -- which had previously made Dr. Strangelove and released Fail-Safe -- to once more tap the well of public anxiety surrounding nuclear weapons and the Cold War. Photojournalist Ben Munceford (Sidney Poitier) is allowed aboard a navy ship on patrol near the Arctic Circle, under the command of Captain Eric Finlander (Richard Widmark). Munceford's job is to observe the ship in action and record a "typical" mission. Finlander is a hard-as-nails sailor and dedicated anti-Communist with a patriotic zeal that's extraordinary even in a man of his rank and position. Finlander's main problem, however -- when he's not sparring with the journalist -- is tracking and hunting a Soviet sub that he knows is patrolling the same waters. What alarms Munceford (and the audience) is that Finlander acts like there is an actual "hot" war going on. He drives his men mercilessly, up to and past the breaking point, trying to hunt down the submarine and force it to surface, and nothing -- not the questions of Munceford, the angry protests of the newly-arrived medical officer (Martin Balsam), or the quietly voiced concerns of retired U-Boat commander Commodore Shrepke (Eric Portman), aboard as an observer, can get him to relent. Then, when it looks like Finlander has been vindicated and has gotten away with his provocation of the "enemy," a mistake by a tired young officer (James MacArthur) suddenly unleashes all of the destructive power with which Finlander has been flirting.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/23/2003
UPC: 0043396008427
Original Release: 1965
Rating: NR
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Mono]
Time: 1:42:00
Sales rank: 3,003

Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Capt. Eric Finland
Sidney Poitier Ben Munceford
James MacArthur Ensign Ralston
Martin Balsam Lt. Cmdr. Chester Potter
Wally Cox Seaman Merlin Queffle
Donald Sutherland Hospitalman Nerny
Eric Portman Cmdr. Wolfgang Schrepke
Michael Kane Commander Allison, Executive Officer
Gary Cockrell Lt. Bascombe
Phil Brown Chief Pharmacist Mate McKinley
Brian Davies Lt. Beckman
Ed Bishop Lieutenant Hacker
George Roubicek Lieutenant Berger, USN
Michael Graham Lieutenant Krindlemeyer, USN
Bill Edwards Lieutenant Hazelwood, USN
Laurence Herder Petty Officer
Warren Stanhope Pharmacist's Mate Strauss
Colin Maitland Seaman Jones
Paul Tamarin Seaman 2nd Class
Burnell Tucker Seaman 1st Class
Roy Stephens Seaman 2nd Class
Shane Rimmer Seaman 1st Class

Technical Credits
James B. Harris Director,Producer
Eric Allwright Makeup
Derek Brown Camera Operator
Derek V. Browne Camera Operator
Lionel Couch Art Director
Leslie Hammond Sound/Sound Designer
John Jympson Editor
Arthur Lawson Art Director
Denis O'Dell Associate Producer
James Poe Screenwriter
Clive Reed Asst. Director
Gerard Schurmann Score Composer
Gilbert Taylor Cinematographer
Richard Widmark Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:12]
2. A Hairy Landing [1:53]
3. Bedford's Most Luxurious Quarters [3:13]
4. Lt. Commander Chester Potter [2:05]
5. Commander Allison [4:36]
6. Captain Eric Finlander [1:14]
7. Commodore Wolfgang Schrepke [2:05]
8. The Beford's Mission [1:35]
9. Prescription: Schnapps [5:13]
10. Novo Sibursk [5:31]
11. Rattled Ralston [2:19]
12. The Potter Plan [4:29]
13. An Unidentified Blip [5:25]
14. Big Red Sighted [1:36]
15. A Passive course of Action [4:39]
16. Another Message From NATO [2:21]
17. The Interview [6:19]
18. Potter's Theory [7:08]
19. Iceberg in Sight [5:53]
20. No Sonar, No Engines, No Nothing [2:44]
21. "Wait for the Animal to Move." [3:57]
22. Glockenspiel [1:31]
23. Off the Record [1:43]
24. Permission Granted [1:38]
25. Snorkel on the Port Bow [4:06]
26. "This Man's Finished." [1:03]
27. "Surface & Identify Self." [5:43]
28. The Bedford Incident [2:40]

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The Bedford Incident 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good movie to see. It has al the players needed to move it along. This is what will happen if you flirt with the 'bomb' on a hell bent 'cat and mouse game with the soviets' This is the precurser to the M.A.D. theory of the late 60`s and 70`s.