The Bedford Incident
The Bedford Incident (1965)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 23, 2003
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff
Variety

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A serviceable but not very exceptional cold-war thriller.

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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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.

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Time Out

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.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Taut and suspenseful.

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Karla Rae Fuller
PopMatters

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.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

The whole thing transcends plausibility -- for a moderately wised-up viewer, at least -- because of its gross exaggeration of a highly improbable episode.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Channels themes from Dr. Strangelove but leaves at port the black humor.

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Film4

Harris's film is a superior psycho-drama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 74% Flixster User Reviews
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Richard Widmark stars in this tense cold war thriller as an abrasive naval commander playing a high stakes game of cat and mouse with a soviet submarine. This… More