The Bedford Incident [DVD] [1965]

  • SKU: 6873797
  • Release Date: 09/23/2003
  • Rating: NR
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.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

Special Features


  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis


The Bedford Incident
The Bedford Incident was an attempt by Columbia Pictures -- which had previously made Dr. Strangelove and released Fail-Safe -- to tap the well of public anxiety surrounding nuclear weapons and the Cold War one more time. Reporter 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). His job is to observe the ship in action and do an article on Finlander, a hard-as-nails sailor and a 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 reporter -- is tracking and hunting a Soviet sub that he knows is patroling 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 the reporter, 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 proved right and has gotten away with his provocation of the "enemy," a mistake by one over-tired young officer (James MacArthur) suddenly unleashes all of the destructive power with which Finlander has been flirting. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Richard Widmark
    Richard Widmark - Capt. Eric Finland
  • Sidney Poitier
    Sidney Poitier - Ben Munceford
  • James MacArthur
    James MacArthur - Ensign Ralston
  • Martin Balsam
    Martin Balsam - Lt. Cmdr. Chester Potter
  • Wally Cox
    Wally Cox - Seaman Merlin Queffle



Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

100%of customers would recommend this to a friend
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This was a gift

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    This was a gift for an older neighbor of mine for his birthday. He is big into Westerns and War movies, and said he was missing this one in his collection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A good one

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    cooler1

    One of the better films made that used the Cold War as a story line, right up there with Fail Safe. Some good acting also.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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