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      Battle Hell

      Released Aug 21, 1957 1h 53m War List
      Reviews 83% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings In 1949, the British warship H.M.S. Amethyst is respectfully making its way down China's Yangtze River when its passage is unexpectedly blocked by a contingent of the Communist Chinese. From shore batteries, the Chinese troops fire on the Amethyst. With the British government snared in bureaucratic red tape, the ship's captain, Lieutenant Commander Kearns (Richard Todd), must figure out a way to maneuver down the Yangtze in the black of night to see his crew to safety. Read More Read Less

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      Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine There are some remarkably realistic scenes of naval warfare, with Richard Todd as the embattled British commander. Oct 25, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member British war film directed by Michael Anderson and written by Eric Ambler; very detailed and engrossing. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Richard Todd,William Hartnell,Akim Tamiroff star in this wartime true story. On 19 April 1949, the Royal Navy frigate HMS Amethyst sails up the Yangtze River on her way to Nanking, the Chinese capital, to deliver supplies to the British Embassy. Suddenly, without warning, People's Liberation Army (PLA) shore batteries open fire and after a heavy engagement, Amethyst lies grounded in the mud and badly damaged. Fifty-four of her crew are dead, dying or seriously wounded while others deteriorate from the tropical heat and the lack of essential medicines.Its well acted and a glimpse into the horror of war and a rich part of our history Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A classic movie. The book is a damn good read too. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Good fun movie..well made without too much drama.Feels like a true story like it is Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis In 1949, the British warship H.M.S. Amethyst is respectfully making its way down China's Yangtze River when its passage is unexpectedly blocked by a contingent of the Communist Chinese. From shore batteries, the Chinese troops fire on the Amethyst. With the British government snared in bureaucratic red tape, the ship's captain, Lieutenant Commander Kearns (Richard Todd), must figure out a way to maneuver down the Yangtze in the black of night to see his crew to safety.
      Director
      Michael Anderson
      Producer
      Herbert Wilcox
      Screenwriter
      Eric Ambler
      Distributor
      Distributors Corporation of America Inc.
      Production Co
      Everest Pictures Inc., Wilcox-Neagle
      Genre
      War
      Original Language
      English (United Kingdom)
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 21, 1957, Original
      Runtime
      1h 53m