The Battle of the River Plate tells of the pursuit of the German Battlehsip, the Graf Spee, one of the most gripping episodes of World War II. November 1939: crack pocket battleship, Admiral Graf Spee patrols the South Atlantic. Captained by Hans Langsdorff (Peter Finch) - one of Germany's most brilliant naval officers - Graf Spee, with her superior speed , appears and disappears, sinking ship after ship and threatening to cut off crucial Allied supplies. But the net is tightening round the German killer as the last ship sunk by her managed to radio her position before she went down. Three British cruisers, posing as a naval task force, are charged with setting the trap... Powell and Pressburger's penultimate film together is notable for its amazing sea battles - made with the co-operation of, among others, the Admiralty, Royal Navy and US Navy - and non-stereotypical depiction of characters on both sides of the war.

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The Battle of the River Plate (1956)

War · 1h 59m

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The tremendous story of the victory over the Graf Spee.

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The Battle of the River Plate tells of the pursuit of the German Battlehsip, the Graf Spee, one of the most gripping episodes of World War II. November 1939: crack pocket battleship, Admiral Graf Spee patrols the South Atlantic. Captained by Hans Langsdorff (Peter Finch) - one of Germany's most brilliant naval officers - Graf Spee, with her superior speed , appears and disappears, sinking ship after ship and threatening to cut off crucial Allied supplies. But the net is tightening round the German killer as the last ship sunk by her managed to radio her position before she went down. Three British cruisers, posing as a naval task force, are charged with setting the trap... Powell and Pressburger's penultimate film together is notable for its amazing sea battles - made with the co-operation of, among others, the Admiralty, Royal Navy and US Navy - and non-stereotypical depiction of characters on both sides of the war.

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United Kingdom

Production Companies

Archers, The
Cast
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Fred Haggerty

Crewman, Admiral Graf Spee (uncredited)
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Peter Halliday

Guani's Secretary (uncredited)
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Ken Hayward

Spotting Officer, Gunnery Control, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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Bob Head

Merchant Seaman [MS Tairoa] (uncredited)
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George Holdcroft

Manolo's Patron (uncredited)
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Patrick Horgan

Signalman, HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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Helen Horton

(uncredited)
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Arthur Howell

Merchant Seaman [MS Tairoa] (uncredited)
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Barry Johns

Merchant Officer [MS Doric Star] (uncredited)
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Mary Jones

Ms. Shaw (uncredited)
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Kerry Jordan

O.S. Rogers - HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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Patrick Jordan

Signalman, Aft-Conning, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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Marvin Kane

(uncredited)
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Jeremy Kemp

Gunner, HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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Howard Lang

Guns - HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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John Le Mesurier

Rev. George Groves - Padre, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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Frank Littlewood

Man in News Office (uncredited)
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Frank Lloyd

Messenger, HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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Cyril Luckham

Lt. Jasper Abbot - HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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Kenneth Luckman

Mess P.O., HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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John Lynn

German Sailor with Luggage / Manolo's Patron (uncredited)
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Ivor Mairants

Guitarist Accompanying Dolores (uncredited)
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Alan Masterson

Midshipman, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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Louis Matto

Sightseer (uncredited)
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Jack Mayne

(uncredited)
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Colin McKenzie

Bridge Officer [HMS Ajax] (uncredited)
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Lane Meddick

P.O. Stacey - HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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John Merivale

Cowburn - HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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Kenneth Midwood

Petty Officer, Gunnery Control, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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Donald Moffat

Swanston - Lookout, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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Lola Morice

Onlooker (uncredited)
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Norman Morris

Merchant Officer (MS Huntsman) / Prisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)
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George Murcell

Chief Officer, Newton Beach (uncredited)
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Anthony Newley

Radio Operator, Tairoa, Prisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)
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Joseph O'Conner

Chief Engineer, Doric Star, Prisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)
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David Paltenghi

Customs Officer (uncredited)
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Conrad Phillips

Lt. Washbourne - Gunnery Officer, HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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Paul Phillips

British Embassy Official (uncredited)
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Ambrosine Phillpotts

Mrs. Millington-Drake, Montevideo (uncredited)
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Columba Powell

Lost Child in Crowd (uncredited)
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Edward Powell

Chief Officer, Huntsman, Prisoner on Graf Spree (uncredited)
Person Photo

Irene Prador

(uncredited)
Person Photo

Peter Prowse

Lookout, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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Roy Purcell

Duty Officer Pennefeather - HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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Robert Rietty

Dubbing (voice) (uncredited)
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Rive Rola

(uncredited)
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Alan Rolfe

Petty Officer, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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David Rose

Boy Dorset - HMNZS Achilles (uncredited)
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John Schlesinger

Prisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)
Person Photo

Peter Scott

1st Messenger, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
Person Photo

Jeff Silk

Crewman, HMS Achilles (uncredited)
Person Photo

Peter Smallwood

Spotting Officer, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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John Smart

Manolo's Patron (uncredited)
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Muriel Smith

Dolores, Montevideo (singing voice) (uncredited)
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Julian Somers

Quartermaster, Graf Spee (uncredited)
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Barry Steele

Midshipman, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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Graham Stewart

Signalman, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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Nigel Stock

Chief Officer, Tairoa, Prisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)
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Alan Townsend

Duty Officer, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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James Ure

Man in New's Office (uncredited)
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Harry Van Engel

Captain Landorff's servant (uncredited)
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Guy Verney

Cmdr. Graham - HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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Tony Wager

Lookout, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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Colin Wall

Boy Bugler, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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Pearl Walters

Woman in News Office (uncredited)
Person Photo

John Warren

Chief Yeoman Signals, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
Person Photo

Patrick Westwood

Archer, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
Person Photo

George Whiting

Chief Engineer, Aft-Conning, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
Person Photo

Ian Whittaker

Boiler Room Messenger, HMS Achilles (uncredited)
Person Photo

David Williams

Lookout, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
Person Photo

Neil Wilson

Mess P.O., HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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Brian Worth

Radio Operator, Doric Star, Prisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)
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John Gregson

Captain Bell - H.M.S. Exeter
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Anthony Quayle

Commodore Harwood-H.M.S. Ajax
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Ian Hunter

Captain Woodhouse - H.M.S. Ajax
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Jack Gwillim

Captain Parry - H.M.N.Z.S. Achilles
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Bernard Lee

Captain Dove - M.S. Africa Shell
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H.M.S. Sheffield

H. M. S. Ajax
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I.N.S. Delhi

H.M.N.Z.S. Achilles
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H.M.S. Jamaica

H.M.S. Exeter
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H.M.S. Cumberland

H.M.S. Cumberland
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Lionel Murton

Mike Fowler
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Anthony Bushell

Mr. Millington Drake - British Minister, Montevideo
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Peter Illing

Dr. Guani - Foreign Minister, Uruguay
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Michael Goodliffe

Captain McCall - R.N., British Naval Attache, Buenos Aires
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Patrick MacNee

Lieutenant Commander Medley R.N.
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John Chandos

Dr. Langmann - German Minister, Montevideo
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Douglas Wilmer

M. Desmoulins - French Minister, Montevideo
Person Photo

William Squire

Ray Martin
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Roger Delgado

Captain Varela - Uruguayan Navy
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Andrew Cruickshank

Captain Stubbs - 'Doric Star'
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Christopher Lee

Manolo
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Edward Atienza

Pop
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April Olrich

Dolores
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Peter Finch

Captain Langsdorff - 'Admiral Graf Spee'
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Chris Adcock

British Seaman (Prisoner on Graf Spee) (uncredited)
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Douglas Argent

Sub. Lieutenant, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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Vincent Ball

Barnes - HMS Achilles (uncredited)
Person Photo

Ken Barker

Marine Officer, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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Michael Barnes

Midshipman, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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Raymond Barrie

Shirley - HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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Terence Bayler

Stoker - HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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Alan Beale

Capt. Pttinger (uncredited)
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Richard Beale

Capt. Pottinger (uncredited)
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Victor Beaumont

Officer on Graf Spee (uncredited)
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David Benson

Marine Officer, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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John Britton

Navigator, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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Robert Bruce

Lt. Cmdr. Smith - HMS Exeter (uncredited)
Person Photo

Anna Burden

Madame Desmoulins, Montevideo (uncredited)
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Richard Burrell

Navigator, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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Tony Burton

Young Sailor, Aft-Conning, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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David Cameron

Pilot Officer Lewin - Pilot, Spotter Plane, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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Dennis Carnell

Merchant Seaman (Prisoner on Graf Spee) (uncredited)
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Paul Carpenter

American reporter in Uruguay (uncredited)
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Alan Casley

Rating, Aft-Conning, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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Tony Castleton

Bridge Officer (HMS Ajax) (uncredited)
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Ronald Clarke

Prisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)
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Michael Collins

Chief Yeoman, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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James Copeland

Chief Yeoman, HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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Dan Cressey

Crewman (HMS Exeter) (uncredited)
Person Photo

Robert Crewdson

(uncredited)
Person Photo

Tita Dane

(uncredited)
Person Photo

Gron Davies

Chief Engineer, Trevannionion, Prisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)
Person Photo

Denton De Gray

Kearney - Spotter Plane, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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Maxwell Denne

Petty Officer, HMS Achilles (uncredited)
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Patrick Dove

Capt., Streonshalh, Prisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)
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Peter Dyneley

Captain, Newton Beach, Prisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)
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Mabel Etherington

Onlooker (uncredited)
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Eynon Evans

Chief Engineer, Newton Beach,Pprisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)
Person Photo

Roy Everson

Man in News Office (uncredited)
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Jack Faint

Chief Officer, Ashlea, Prisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)
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David Farrar

Narrator (uncredited)
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Peter Fontaine

Gunnery Officer, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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John Forbes-Robertson

Lt. McBarnett - HMS Exeter (uncredited)
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Frank Forsyth

Petty Officer, Bridge, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
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Barry Foster

Bill Roper - Capt. Bell's Messenger, HMS Exeter (uncredited)
Person Photo

Colin Free

2nd Messenger, HMS Ajax (uncredited)
Person Photo

Otto Friese

Tairoa Officer (uncredited)
Person Photo

Richard George

Chief Officer, Trevannion, Prisoner on Graf Spee (uncredited)
Person Photo

Muriel Greenslade

Onlooker (uncredited)
Person Photo

Keith Grieve

Sick Bay P.O., HMS Achilles (uncredited)
Person Photo

Lucia Guillon

Phone Girl, Montevideo (uncredited)
Crew
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Michael Powell

Director
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Emeric Pressburger

Director
Person Photo

Michael Powell

Writer
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Emeric Pressburger

Writer
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The Battle Of The River Plate

(DVD, Jewel Case)

11/9/2010

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