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      Away All Boats

      Released Aug 16, 1956 1h 54m War List
      Reviews 59% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings Jebediah S. Hawks is in charge of USS Belinda, an attack transport readying itself to take the war to the Japanese in the Pacific. Hawks whips his crew into shape, intentionally becoming a martinet to ensure the frustrations of his rookie crew center on him, forging them into a concentrated unit. Read More Read Less

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      Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Routine war drama. Rated: B- Feb 11, 2016 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Gerald E I've watched a lot of 'war' or 'military' movies over the years given the military history of my family from 1861 to present day. There have been Academy Award winners, major money makers etc but none has any more engaging characters than "Away All Boats". For some reason I can & do still like to watch it every couple of yrs. The concept is a bit different than many (not a spoiler BUT the ship is as much or more of the story than the crew). Enjoy! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/09/23 Full Review Name W Dismal. I'm a big fan of war and military movies and documentaries, from Dawn Patrol to Das Boot to The Longest Day to Full Metal Jacket to Glory to Wings to Dunkirk. Away All Boats sucks. Best scenes involve Gilbert Hubert, the ship's garbage grinder. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 10/13/22 Full Review r 9 A bit of a slog, is 'Away All Boats'. I never quite felt the intended high stakes of the film, except right at the end when events reach the final destination - which is the only noteworthy part of the film. Aside from that, the whole plot just comes across as one whole training exercise as opposed to a war-torn trip across the Pacific Ocean. Jeff Chandler is fairly good in his role, though those behind him kinda just mesh into one character in my mind to be honest. Clint Eastwood features in the absolute definition of a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance - in the penultimate 'uncredited' (exc. cameos) role of his career. This 1956 picture isn't one to rush off and watch, unfortunately. I was hoping for something more along the lines, if not an improvement, of 'The Battle of the River Plate' - which was, in fact, released roughly two months after this. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member A rather decent wartime drama movie. Surpassed by other movies: "30 Seconds Over Tokyo" is more serious, "Midway" has more suspense, "Mr. Roberts" has more heart, and "Operation Petticoat" is the comedy. About as good as "Destination Tokyo". If you enjoy those movies, you will probably like "Away All Boats". But watch those first. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Look out for an early viewing of Clint Eastwood on the decks. Gripping entertainment, you feel for the isolation of the captain on the bridge. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member A routine World War II movie, "Away All Boats" takes place aboard the "Belinda," a PA-22 U.S. Navy landing-craft transport operating in the Pacific Theater. Written by Ted Scherdeman from a novel by Kenneth M. Dodson, the film purports to trace the ship's life through a series of incidents: from a shaky shake-down cruise to Pearl Harbor, through action in Kwajelein, Saipan, and Guam, to a climactic kamikaze attack off Okinawa. Beginning with a brief aside from John McIntire, who helped construct the ship and hears it talking to him, a largely inexperienced crew stumble through mishaps, which are supposed to be comic, but seem silly and incompetent behavior during wartime. As time passes at sea, the crew grow discontent, and conflicts arise; but these too seem like petty nonsense out of "South Pacific," such as two sailors fighting over a coconut. Somehow, the esteemed captain thinks that building a sailboat with a red sail will solve ship board problems; wonder how many times that idea surfaced during the War. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Jebediah S. Hawks is in charge of USS Belinda, an attack transport readying itself to take the war to the Japanese in the Pacific. Hawks whips his crew into shape, intentionally becoming a martinet to ensure the frustrations of his rookie crew center on him, forging them into a concentrated unit.
      Director
      Joseph Pevney
      Producer
      Howard Christie
      Distributor
      Universal Pictures
      Genre
      War
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 16, 1956, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 27, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 54m