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Ironclads (1991)

Unrated | | War | TV Movie 11 March 1991
A naval battle between two large ships: the "Monitor" and the "Merrimack".

Director:

Delbert Mann

Writers:

James Retter (story), Harold Gast (teleplay)
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Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Madsen ... Betty Stuart
Alex Hyde-White ... Catesby Jones
Reed Diamond ... Leslie Harmon (as Reed Edward Diamond)
Philip Casnoff ... Lt. Guilford
E.G. Marshall ... Commdr. Smith
Fritz Weaver ... John Ericsson
Leon B. Stevens Leon B. Stevens ... Capt. Franklin Buchanan
Kevin O'Rourke ... Lt. Joe Smith Jr.
Joanne Dorian Joanne Dorian ... Blossom
Beatrice Bush Beatrice Bush ... Opal
Conrad McLaren Conrad McLaren ... Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy
Burt Edwards Burt Edwards ... Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War
James Getty James Getty ... Abraham Lincoln
Phil Whiteway Phil Whiteway ... Cmdr. Davis
Carl Jackson Carl Jackson ... Cletus
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Storyline

In 1861, at the onset of the American Civil War, the Union forces stationed in Gosport, Virginia, prepare to leave. The Confederate forces are poised to take Gosport. Before departing Gosport, the Union forces destroy the port facilities, docks, warehouses and a few ships that cannot sail. One of these ships is U.S.S. Merrimack, a 40-gun steam frigate. However, the Union forces fail to destroy the dry dock. The Confederates use the dry dock to repair the Merrimack and cover it with iron plates in order to turn it into an Ironclad. The Confederates intend to use the ironclad ship, re-named C.S.S. Virginia, to attack the Union wooden warships blockading the Confederacy. Washington D.C. gets wind of these Confederate plans and decides to send two spies, one man and a Southern belle, to Virginia to steal the exact specs of the new Confederate ironclad ship. This information is vital for the Union in order to allow it to build a more powerful ironclad ship than the Confederate one. While ... Written by nufs68

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Men of steel in ships of iron clash in the fiercest naval battle of the Civil War.

Genres:

War

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A ferro e fuoco See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Turner Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The Monitor and the Merrimack were re-created in models one third of their actual size, and the battle scenes between them were filmed in the big tank at Pinewood Studios, England. See more »

Goofs

The U.S. sloop Cumberland is shown being destroyed by gunfire. In the actual battle it was sunk by ramming. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: At the beginning of the American Civil War, when Virginia voted to secede from the Union, the United States Navy was forced to abandon Gosport, its finest naval facility. The U.S.S. Pawnee arrived with orders to make certain that nothing of any value was left to fall into Confederate hands, including the pride of the Navy: the 40-gun steam frigate Merrimack.
Commdr. Smith: Burn every ship that can't be towed! Burn the machine shops, the storehouses...
Lt. Joe Smith Jr.: What about the drydock, sir?
Commdr. Smith: Destroy it, ...
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This a One of Kind Civil War movie
28 August 2006 | by StLouisAssassinSee all my reviews

This a One of Kind Civil War movie Firt let me say that Virginia Madsen never looked as Beautiful as she does in this movie.

But this is the only Civil War movie that I've seen that deals with the naval battles. I think that this movie is very well crafted, and the cinematographic is wonderful. My only complaint about this movie is the dialog. At times the dialog is down right silly. However the actors do a great job with their roles The battle scenes are very well done.

If you are a history buff.. you will absolutely love this movie. It has no boring parts. Its just good. I hope someday it will be released on DVD, because my VHS copy is starting to show signs of wear and tear


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