• Film ID:
  • 7449
  • Availability:
  • DVD Available from Shop
  • Film cert:
  • Running time:
  • DVD=114 min.
  • Nationality(ies):
  • Britain.
  • Primary Language(s):
  • English.

Here's what film connoisseur Steve Mitchell says:

Great fun though I hadn’t a clue what was going on so just enjoyed the low-tech and acting. Decided that wine may have clouded my understanding so looked up the actual event on Wikipedia this morning – result: Still Confused. Sea battles are Hard To Understand.


Widely regarded as one of the best and most intelligent British war dramas of the 1950s, The Battle of River Plate is the story of Britain's first significant naval victory in WW2.

John Gregson heads the cast as Captain Bell, skipper of the Exeter, one of several vessels engaged in pursuit of the 'indestructable' Geman battleship Graf Spee. Taking refuge in the neutral harbor of Montevideo, the Graf Spee is covertly protected by the Uruguayan government. Eventually, however, German captain Langsdorff (Peter Finch) is faced with a difficult decision: either stand his ground and fight a losing battle against the Exeter and its sister ships, or scuttle the Graf Spee and save the lives of his crew. Battle of the River Plate was released in the US as Pursuit of the Graf Spee.

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