Battle Of The River Plate DVD


It is the early years of World War II and the Royal Navy must fight a desperate battle to stop Germany's best battleship, the Admiral Graf Spee, from sailing to the South Atlantic.

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17 April 2019
Carlton Visual Entertainment Ltd 
114 minutes 
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Ten days before the start of WWII, Graf Spee, Germany's famed warship under the leadership of Hans Langsdorff (Peter Finch), attempts to halt Allied merchant shipping in the South Atlantic. After a defeated allied craft manages to radio its coordinates before sinking, British naval forces begin playing a cat-and-mouse game with the feared German warship, leading to Langsdorff and his crew hiding out in Montevideo.

The penultimate film from the celebrated teaming of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger ('Black Narcissus', 'A Matter of Life and Death') tells the true story of the famous 1939 naval battle. Hans Langsdorff (Peter Finch) is captaining the crack German battleship Graf Spee through the South Atlantic, unaware that a small number of lightweight British battle cruisers are hot on his trail. When the British cruisers manage to trap the powerful German ship in the Uruguayan harbour of Montevideo, they attempt to trick Langsdorff into believing that an entire battle fleet is waiting to destroy his vessel at sea.

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