GOOD CLASSIC DOOMSDAY TALE…. In The Bedford Incident, Richard Widmark plays a cruel, obsessed ego maniac captain of a U.S. destroyer ruthlessly pursuing a Russian atomic submarine for no good reason, while viciously brow-beating the ship’s personnel who oppose him. Russian sub gets sick of his harassment and they fire two nuclear bomb torpedoes at the American ship in a shocking ending. This is one of three classic cold war era paranoid visions of nuclear apocalypse, the other two classics being Dr. Strangelove and Fail Safe. Widmark and Sidney Poitier give solid performances in this tense drama. Must-see on DVD for only $12.99 from TCM.
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