6.3/10
760
12 user 2 critic

Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis (1991)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, History | TV Movie 29 September 1991
True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial.

Director:

Robert Iscove

Writer:

Alan Sharp
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

During World War II, an American navy ship is sunk by a Japanese submarine leaving 890 crewmen stranded in shark infested waters.

Director: Mario Van Peebles
Stars: Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, Thomas Jane
Wedlock I (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A male prison escapee heads for his hidden loot electronically attached to a female prisoner.

Director: Lewis Teague
Stars: Rutger Hauer, Mimi Rogers, Joan Chen
White Dog (1982)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A trainer attempts to retrain a vicious dog that's been raised to attack black people.

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Kristy McNichol, Christa Lang, Vernon Weddle
V (1984–1985)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A year after Liberation Day, courtesy of the red-dust bacteria, the humanoid, lizard-like aliens develop a resistance to the micro-organism and try to regain control of the Earth--only now some humans are knowingly working with them.

Stars: Marc Singer, Faye Grant, Michael Ironside
Sudden Impact (1983)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.

Director: Clint Eastwood
Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle
12 Days of Terror (TV Movie 2004)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

For twelve days in July, 1916, a shark patrolled the waterways of northern New Jersey. This docudrama is based on Richard Fernicola's account of those days.

Director: Jack Sholder
Stars: Colin Egglesfield, Mark Dexter, Jenna Harrison
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

10 Years of Filming... 104 Interviews... One Story.

Director: Sara Vladic
Stars: William Roy Akines, Tom Balunis, George Barber
Revenge on the Highway (TV Movie 1992)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

At his wedding Claude Sams has an argument with his son about his life-style; in anger Paul leaves. Together with a friend he sets out for Vegas to search for a job. While changing a tire ... See full summary »

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Stars: Stacy Keach, Lisa Banes, Tom Bower
Parker Kane (TV Movie 1990)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A cop turned investigator investigates a friend's death and uncovers a plot involving illegal toxic waste dumping.

Director: Steve Perry
Stars: Jeff Fahey, Marisa Tomei, Drew Snyder
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

A giant shark-like creature preys on a Hawaiian tourist community.

Director: Charles B. Griffith
Stars: Sam Bottoms, Susanne Reed, Virgil Frye
Into the Homeland (TV Movie 1987)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Deep within the shadowy world of paramilitary white-supremacist movements, Into the Homeland is the story of an anguished father's search for his kidnapped daughter. Ex-cop Jackson Swallow ... See full summary »

Director: Lesli Linka Glatter
Stars: Becky Barnes, Kimberlee Bonnet, Powers Boothe
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.7/10 X  

David must fight for his life against the gangsters who killed his brother for a CD filled with proof of their illegal activities. When David gets possession of the CD they go down to ... See full summary »

Director: Tonino Ricci
Stars: Treat Williams, Janet Agren, Antonio Fargas
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stacy Keach ... Capt. Charles Butler McVay
Richard Thomas ... Lieutenant Steven Scott
Don Harvey ... Kinderman
Robert Cicchini ... D'Angelo
David Caruso ... Wilkes
Bob Gunton ... Chaplain
Steve Landesberg ... Lipscombe
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa ... Hashimoto
Jeffrey Nordling ... Tasker
Tim Guinee ... Dobson
Neil Giuntoli ... Goldstein
Gordon Clapp ... Elias
Joseph Carberry ... Spilner (as Joe Carberry)
Dale Dye ... Major Green
Eddie Frias Eddie Frias ... Cortes
Edit

Storyline

True story of the sinking of the U.S.S. Indianapolis, its crew's struggle to survive the sharks and exposure, and the captain's scape-goat court-martial.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

29 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mission of the Shark See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

On 20 August 2017, Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen announced that a search team he led had found the wreckage of the Indianapolis two days earlier in the North Pacific at a depth of 5500 meters. See more »

Goofs

After the Indianapolis delivers the atomic bomb to Tinian, there is a shot of a B-29 with "Enola Gay" painted on its nose. This was the airplane that dropped the bomb on Hiroshima. In reality, the name was not painted on this aircraft until the day before the mission. See more »

Quotes

Hashimoto: Captain. You are a man who believes in fate?
Capt. Charles Butler McVay: No. I'm a man who was trying to accept it.
Hashimoto: It is not easy being a survivor.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
With more attention to true details, this could have been an Oscar-quality film!
12 March 2011 | by mollymcnamara-2See all my reviews

This is my first review, but I feel I must say something. Having just finished reading Doug Stanton's In Harm's Way, I see important opportunities missed in this film. There were true details omitted - probably for time's sake - that would have made this a more memorable film. For example, when the plane approaches a group of survivors, the crew seriously wonders who they are because their faces are smudged black from the huge oil slick that we never see in the film. As a test, a crew member calls out, "What city do the Dodgers play in?" A feeble voice answers, "Brooklyn." Wouldn't that have been a vintage, human touch?

Dr. Lewis Haynes, incorrectly named as mentioned by other reviewers, had a powerful but ignored role in helping the men to heal psychologically by explaining at reunions why so many turned on each other and acted like barbarians in the water. Most had been unaware that they were witnessing not the moral failings of their friends, but instead the effects of salt water ingestion, exposure to extreme heat, continuous lowering of body temperature, horrific fear, etc., on both body and mind. Add to that survivors' guilt and the Navy's total lack of caring. At that time nobody knew of PTSD.

Thus I mourn for what could have been done in this film. The one bright spot was Stacy Keach's acting. He was masterful and at his finest.

I believe we owe it to those who survived as well as to those who perished, and to their loved ones, to tell this story again on film, and GET IT RIGHT!


10 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 12 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed