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A Navy officer tries to set the record straight after the Navy blames a 1989 explosion aboard the USS Iowa on a homosexual affair between two sailors.
A Navy officer tries to set the record straight after the Navy blames a 1989 explosion aboard the USS Iowa on a homosexual affair between two sailors.

Overview

User Rating:
6.1/10   343 votes
Director:
Mikael Salomon
Writers (WGA):
Charles C. Thompson II (book)
David Freed (written by)
Release Date:
18 March 2001 (USA) more
Genre:
Drama more
Tagline:
Tragedy. Cover-up. Truth.
Plot:
A Navy officer tries to set the record straight after the Navy blames a 1989 explosion aboard the USS Iowa on a homosexual affair between two sailors. full summary | add synopsis
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Awards:
1 nomination more
NewsDesk:
Caan Attacks American Navy
 (From WENN. 16 March 2001)

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Superior made for TV movie more

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Additional Details

MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for disturbing images of explosion aftermath, thematic elements and some language.
Runtime:
85 min
Country:
Canada | USA
Language:
English
Color:
Color
Certification:
Singapore:PG | USA:PG-13
Filming Locations:
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Miscellaneous: The Captain refers to himself as a 'soldier' rather than a 'sailor' while talking to the officers of the ship. more

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Superior made for TV movie, 20 March 2005
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Author: jbacks3 from United States

I was on shore duty at the time of the Iowa disaster and I remember thinking something stank about blaming the turret 2 explosion on an allegedly suicidal, allegedly homosexual gunner's mate. The true cause fell on the shoulders of the Reagan Administration's lust for antiquated platforms (the battleship went out with Burma Shave signs back in the early 50's) while caught up in their irrational enthusiasm for a 600-ship Navy (which never materialized, incidentally). The then recently-elected George Bush would wisely decommission these dinosaurs. The true blame for the turret 2 disaster was old unstable and overloaded powder. The shame the Navy has to live with is the cover-up that followed. A Glimpse of Hell is a superior TV movie that probably deserved to be produced as a major motion picture. The performances are very good (James Caan and Daniel Roebuck are excellent)--- my only minor gripe is the interior shots of the 50-year old Iowa look phony (Roebuck has a stateroom as an E-6? I doubt it guys... and the boat would've been home to cockroaches the size of Buicks) and the ubiquitous sounds of the 1MC I recall are missing. The actual explosion and special effects are well done. Now if only I could only get the A&E Channel to cut back on commercials every 92 seconds...

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