The Bedford Incident
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In this drama, Richard Widmark plays the skipper of an American destroyer. When a Russian sub is pursued by Widmark, the routine mission turns deadly when nervous ensign James MacArthur fires off an atomic weapon. Widmark doesn't want to start a war, but there doesn't seem to be any choice.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Poitier does an excellent job in both the light and serious aspects of his role, and manages to leave a personal stamp on his scenes."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A serviceable but not very exceptional cold-war thriller."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"The ending is a real piece of work that comes out of nowhere, and even though the film is a little repetitive up to that point, it's all worth it for the titular 'incident' in the end."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"Harris, Stanley Kubrick's former producer, here came up with his own Dr Strangelove variant, muting the black humour but just as incisively diagnosing nuclear insanity."
‑ , Time Out
"Taut and suspenseful."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Parallels to today's global political environment and our government's new cold war loom as large as the icebergs surrounding the USS Bedford and its Soviet prey in the North Atlantic Sea."
‑ Karla Rae Fuller, PopMatters
"The whole thing transcends plausibility -- for a moderately wised-up viewer, at least -- because of its gross exaggeration of a highly improbable episode."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Channels themes from Dr. Strangelove but leaves at port the black humor."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Harris's film is a superior psycho-drama."
‑ , Film4
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