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Greyhound Film - Tom Hanks

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Think I saw a trailer for this somewhere.  Could be interesting. BTW I also changed your text into a link - you can do that yourself usually just by pressing space or enter after any URL :)

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I'm not worried about the content. I'm confident that something he's been involved in will be well done. 

 

This part does worries me

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Like many other films, it was then delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In May 2020, it was announced Apple TV+ had acquired distribution rights to the film  for about $70 million, and will release the film digitally at a later date.

 

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2 hours ago, Mike said:

Think I saw a trailer for this somewhere.  Could be interesting. BTW I also changed your text into a link - you can do that yourself usually just by pressing space or enter after any URL :)

I’m such a luddite I love the personal service!  Thanks for the training!! 

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Yep, looks good to me.

 

Graham

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On 5/20/2020 at 2:34 PM, dnl42 said:

I'm not worried about the content. I'm confident that something he's been involved in will be well done. 

 

This part does worries me

 

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9 minutes ago, GrahamS said:

Yep, looks good to me

Mmmm, a bit curates egg for me, why the cartoon markings on the U boats? To make sure the pop corn audience recognises the baddies? The sea sequences look good but engaging a U boat like 18th century men o'war?

I'm sure Mr Hanks intentions were and are good and it's the studio pandering to younger cinema audiences for crash bang wallop.

 

God that makes me sound so old and curmudgeonly! 

 

Dave

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I doubt we will see it in the cinemas in three weeks time, but it does look good.

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Will the film makers be changing/making up history again?

 

I'll probably give it a swerve, no matter who stars in it.

 

Rick.

 

 

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Will be watching it when I can even though the scenes in the trailer look too far-fetched.  I guess the problem is that genuine submarine warfare would be just too boring for a general audience.

 

My problem is that I have no means of watching properly on my big TV.  So waiting for either the Apple+ app to be released for my TV (coming I am told) or the Blu-Ray release, whichever comes first.

 

BTW - if you haven’t tried Apple+ before there is a free one month trial so you can sign-up watch this film and then cancel if so inclined.

 

Cheers,

 

Nigel

 

 

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I haven't seen the film myself, but watched a YouTube review of it recently which gave it a pretty big thumbs-down. His main issue was that it contains loads of combat scenes, but very little real story.

 

I would like to see it at some point, but I'm not expecting a great movie....

 

Chris. 

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4 hours ago, spruecutter96 said:

I haven't seen the film myself, but watched a YouTube review of it recently which gave it a pretty big thumbs-down. His main issue was that it contains loads of combat scenes, but very little real story.

 

I would like to see it at some point, but I'm not expecting a great movie....

 

Chris. 

The reviewer got it spot on.   

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They make movies for the general population, who, on the whole, don't know much about WW2 history. If they made a totally accurate film that history nerds/geeks like us fawned over, they wouldn't make much money, as the general populace would be bored witless watching it. It wouldn't be an action movie, it would be a documentary.

 

So, we'll all see it, then urinate and moan about it later.

 

 

 

Chris

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Posted (edited)

Great interview with Tom Hanks by Dan Carlin of hardcore history. Talking about this film and other history stuff in general. Certainly sounds like an interesting guy. 

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Saw this movie recently.

 

Don't know if it was just me but despite the combat scenes, it felt like nothing really seemed to happen.  Seemed quite a slow, plodding movie, despite it being short at 91 minutes.  The ending was a bit "is that it?!".

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I have a copy on DVD but I haven't watched it yet.

There are a number of small things about the trailer that bugged me.

The U-boat calling on the hydrophones to taunt them is one in particular...

 

Oh, and I was a SONAR technician during my Navy time, so I expect to see more than a few errors there as well.

 

I do like Tom Hanks tho.

I still remember him in "Bosom Buddies" though...   :yikes:

 

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On 9/16/2020 at 9:52 PM, Tzulscha said:

I have a copy on DVD but I haven't watched it yet.

There are a number of small things about the trailer that bugged me.

The U-boat calling on the hydrophones to taunt them is one in particular...

 

Oh, and I was a SONAR technician during my Navy time, so I expect to see more than a few errors there as well.

 

I do like Tom Hanks tho.

I still remember him in "Bosom Buddies" though...   :yikes:

 

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Looks like Paul Hardcastle & that bloke from OMD in drag!

Ahhggggg!!

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I only read C.S. Forester's "The Good Shepherd" recently - the fictional book that the movie is based on. This was before I knew Tom Hank's was making the movie. The book, like the movie, has historical inaccuracies, but it needs to be realised that it came out of a series of short propaganda stories written by Forrester for the US audience during the war. Some say, unkindly, that it was Forrester publishing in 1955 and cashing in on the success of Monsarrat's "The Cruel Sea".

 

The story circulates around the US Commander Krause and really is told from his point of view. Even though there is good combat action, it is more about his decision processes under mental and physical stress and the huge uncertainty involved. A great portrayal of the challenge of leadership in those conditions.  Easier to convey in a novel than on the big screen (although "The Cruel Sea" did capture it). I found it an excellent and tense read. For me, it was a page turner and I read it in one sitting.  I felt as tired and cold as him when reading the book. Thoroughly enjoyable.  

 

I have not seen the movie (don't subscribe to Apple) but having seen the reviews and trailers it looks like a CGI feast. I will see it for fun, not for historical accuracy. Without getting into equipment, tactical decisions, mis-match of Battle of the Atlantic timelines, the biggest irritations are the portrayal of the U-Boats, which in the novel are anonymous, that hidden, unemotional and deadly threat,  and the use of a Fletcher class destroyer. I suppose necessary as most of the filming was done on the USS Kidd. Forrester also uses an incorrect destroyer in his novel. The radio call sign "Greyhound" I suppose chosen to sound better than the book's "George" and expect based on the phrase for destroyer's "Greyhounds of the Sea" is understandable but a minor irritation.  My biggest irritation is not seeing it on the big screen for which, I am sure, it was designed for. 

 

I think I will enjoy it - just hope nothing like the P-51 vs Me-262 combat scenes in Red Tails.

 

Ray

 

 

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On 5/20/2020 at 2:02 PM, BristolBlue said:

Shame that it is fictional always thought a film about or even based on “Johnny Walker” would be Fabulous and bring a real hero some attention 


For something that's a bit closer to what you're after...

If you're familiar with a film called 'The Enemy Below', then you might be interested to know that the original novel on which it is based was written by D.A. Rayner. He also wrote a memoir ('Escort') about his experiences as an RNVR Trawler, Corvette and Destroyer Captain (and ultimately flotilla commander) during WWII. Rayner had always wanted to explore the idea of a one-on-one encounter between a U-Boat and a Corvette. Having read both the novel and his memoir, it is very clear that he based much of the novel on his personal experiences. Thus, whilst The Enemy Below is fiction (and in the movie, it is a US Navy ship rather than an RN Corvette), it's written by someone who knew his stuff.

 

The Good Sheperd is also an excellent novel so I will be interested to see how much of Greyhound remains true to that book..

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