Film: 'Greyhound', starring Tom Hanks - 1942 - A Convoy Edges Across The Atlantic - Release Date tbc

soleil

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Nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Spielberg’s 'Saving Private Ryan', Tom Hanks returns to the genre of war drama this spring in the film ‘Greyhound’.

Maturing as an actor in principal roles in some of cinema’s most well-known films, Hanks has increasingly sought to embrace other related aspects of the making of films and television series, a move which has allowed him to return on a regular basis to war-based drama, as a producer on the mini-series ‘The Pacific’ (2010) but, most notably, in the creation, production, writing and directing of the mini-series ‘Band Of Brothers’ (2001).

His interest in the genre continues with ‘Greyhound’, not only as the actor in the principal role of Captain Ernest Krause, but also as the writer of the screenplay, which is based on the novel ‘The Good Shepherd’ (1955) by C S Forester.

The film is set in 1942. Captain Ernest Krause (Hanks), in his first command of a US destroyer, a position which contributes to the high drama as he faces his own demons and self-doubts, is leading a convoy of 37 ships, military and merchant vessels, across the treacherous North Atlantic, seas infested by the hidden menace of the U-Boat; not just one single U-Boat, but, often ‘wolf packs’ of them, preying on passing convoys. Krause’s convoy does not go unscathed, how could it? 'In 48 hours we’ve lost seven ships and 50 souls,' Krause says, encapsulating the sheer horror and loss of the war at sea at this point.

Filmed largely in Louisiana, many of the ship-based scenes were created on the USS Kidd, a Fletcher-class destroyer now a museum in Baton Rouge. Other scenes were made at sea on HMCS Montreal.

‘Greyhound’ is due for release in the spring of this year; the date currently listed for release in the UK is May 8th 2020.

 
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jrwlynch

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The only awkward point is that well into 1942 the US Navy (well, specifically Admiral King) was still loudly denouncing convoys as cowardly, defensive inventions by British defeatists, and the USN's anti-submarine efforts - such as they were - were based on "hunting groups" roaming empty oceans wondering where the submarines were; while U-boats, operating singly off the US East Coast, sank huge numbers of unconvoyed, unprotected merchant ships.

The US did provide a small number of escorts - more Coast Guard cutters than destroyers! - but pulled many of their ships out in a pivot to the Pacific, mainly leaving the Atlantic convoy routes to the UK and Canasa.

The serious action was in 1943, such as HX229/SC122 - the largest convoy battle of the war.

(But then calling 1942 "the early days of the war" is itself fairly indicative...)
 

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Admiral King was so anti-British he wouldn't accept any advice or assistance from RN. Cost a lot of good people their lives.
 
Admiral King was so anti-British he wouldn't accept any advice or assistance from RN. Cost a lot of good people their lives.
Why should he have done? The USN won the Battle of the Atlantic as this film will no doubt amply justify.

ETA: Stephen Graham with a dodgy accent, more CGI than a CGI thing, comedy Nazis - I shan't be watching.

Hanks must want to build an extension or something.
 
This should be another good WW2 Movie for the Summer -


They were filming on Horse Guards a few weeks ago.

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"The Good Shepherd" is a cracking book.

Krause is put in command of a scratch escort, as the most senor officer. The CO's of the two RN corvettes and one Polish destroyer are more experienced, but rank is rank.
The story is as much about Krause' inner demons (washed up and on the beach before the war) as it is about defending a convoy.
I've just watched the trailer, and Hanks's Krause is nothing like the man in my mind after reading the novel several tmes. Still, I will make a point of seeing this movie. I'm optimistic; IMO Hanks is a terrific actor.
 

offog

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Tom Hanks is a little bit old for a destroyer captain.
 
Why should he have done? The USN won the Battle of the Atlantic as this film will no doubt amply justify.

ETA: Stephen Graham with a dodgy accent, more CGI than a CGI thing, comedy Nazis - I shan't be watching.

Hanks must want to build an extension or something.
You never know, they might even find an enigma machine along the way.
 
Well I've watched the trailer. Job done.

First time a recent film has been about the right length.

**** you Meercats - I don't need your two for one deals.
 
Tom Hanks is a little bit old for a destroyer captain.
Funny thing ww2, anyone who had sea time, able to command was given the chance. Hence our RNR+RNVR were able to command ships on various convoy routes

The cruel sea and the gift horse are the best known films, anyone else suggest other titles
 
Funny thing ww2, anyone who had sea time, able to command was given the chance. Hence our RNR+RNVR were able to command ships on various convoy routes

The cruel sea and the gift horse are the best known films, anyone else suggest other titles
'In Which We Serve', 'Sink the Bismarck!', 'Above Us The Waves', 'Run Silent, Run Deep', 'Das Boot', 'Under Ten Flags', 'Battle of the River Plate'.
 
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load_fin

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Funny thing ww2, anyone who had sea time, able to command was given the chance. Hence our RNR+RNVR were able to command ships on various convoy routes

The cruel sea and the gift horse are the best known films, anyone else suggest other titles
Battle of the River Plate
Yangtze Incident (1947, Chinese civil war)
Das Boot
 
"The Good Shepherd" is a cracking book.

Krause is put in command of a scratch escort, as the most senor officer. The CO's of the two RN corvettes and one Polish destroyer are more experienced, but rank is rank.
The story is as much about Krause' inner demons (washed up and on the beach before the war) as it is about defending a convoy.
I've just watched the trailer, and Hanks's Krause is nothing like the man in my mind after reading the novel several tmes. Still, I will make a point of seeing this movie. I'm optimistic; IMO Hanks is a terrific actor.
Is he playing a Spanish naval officer?
 

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