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In Which We Serve

7.21 h 49 min1942U
Noël Coward and David Lean’s critically acclaimed drama about a doomed Navy battleship and its crew. Produced mid-WWII, it's told through the flashbacks of surviving crew members left clinging to a life raft as their ship, HMS Torin, sinks. 1942
Noël CowardJohn MillsBernard Miles
English [CC]
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Celia JohnsonRichard Attenborough
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4.6 out of 5 stars

353 global ratings

  1. 78% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 13% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 3% of reviews have 2 stars
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 August 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very good copies indeed Harry GIBBS Retired Engine Room Branch Well .Done..
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Lord Louis Mountbatton 's Ship was a Destroyer HMS Kelly as depicted by the Destroyer in the film HMS Torin which in fact was sunk off
Crete by Dive Bombers w ith the loss of a lot of her crew. From my experience the story was accurate likewise the life aboard when we slept
in our hammocks, and fatal casualties in action were sewn into hammocks which were weighted be fore burial over board following
a quick funeral service as submarines could be about. As an ex Royal Naval Rating I found no fault in the production of the film it was
indeed made very true to war time life at sea. I have been a member of my local branch of the Royal Naval Association and I obtained copies
of the film with the Cruel Sea for my shipmates to see from Amazon. Very good copies indeed Harry GIBBS Retired Engine Room Branch
Well Done.
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Jack LondonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
WW2 top-acting. in a classic vein
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Widely regarded as a British cinema classic of WW2, the film examines the impact of war both at home and at sea, with a large cast of well-known British actors including Noel Coward, John Mills etc. It presents the story of a ship's crew from officers to other ranks, their trials and tribulations in a British, stiff-upper-lip way. Definitely worth seeing, despite the sometimes over-postured acting.
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BlixReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 October 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
spoilt by attitude
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a story been told many times, but only the toffs could ruin it, and he did.
i have just bought and seen nearly all the main sea battles,and great they all are. bismark, turpitz, grafspee.
ect ect. bought this one and had to turn it off. the stuck up atitude was over bearing, totaly over the top.
and there idea of what a destroyer can do was blown out of all proporsions. the camera man tuned the guns
and there power into almost battleship power, blowing everthing out of the water. the battle of the river plate
has everything in proportion. sorry cannot recomend this one.
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jeni hardingReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 March 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Of course WE WON ...
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Noel Coward, John Mills .Bernard Mills , Celia Johnson etc .and too many to write about ...a BUCKET FUL of great actors ..I felt I was in the life boat !!!..BUT showed the Courage , the reality, but English ` we will win' attitude very well filmed and so many gave courage...and
well WE WON !!!!
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Michael MountneyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 October 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic British wartime drama
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Classic British wartime drama, criticised at the time for Cowards stilted style but perhaps redolent of the time. Well scripted with a wealth of British acting talent from the early 1940's, this is a very realistic drama from a time when the war was not won. Subtle propaganda perhaps, but it has stood the test of time. In some senses, similar to "The Way Ahead" with David Niven following the trials and triumphs of a group of British servicemen in war from different social classes and backgrounds but told in flashbacks, each a sketch explaining how each came to be onboard, compelling drama
JackFlashReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 February 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Period piece, starring Noel Coward, but really starring John Mills
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Noel Coward being a stiff upper lip hero as captain; John Mills is a much more believable character. This was near the start of his career I think. The baby in the film is also called Mills so I suspect one of his illustrious offspring! Half the joy of these films is that they transport you to a vanished world -this does that.
3 people found this helpful
AlixReviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 August 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Vintage excellence
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Love these old films. This one is full of great actors, John Mills, Richard Attenborough and Noel Coward.
It’s a moving story of a Royal Navy ship and its crew in Wartime. Superb acting, and a very good snapshot of the lives of the people of Britain in the most difficult of times. Really worth watching.
6 people found this helpful
T. L. PriceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 September 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brits at best.
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A real quality film with outstanding acting. Ok it may be dated now...does anyone speak that posh now? But you can see why it was a top film in its day.
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