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''Britannic'' is a 2000
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directed by
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Brian Trenchard-Smith
. The film is a fictional account of the sinking of the
ship of the same name
ship of the same name
off the Greek island of
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in November 1916; it features a German agent sabotaging her while she is serving as a
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for the
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during
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World War I
. It stars
Edward Atterton Edward Atterton (born 24 January 1962 in Tamworth, Staffordshire Tamworth () is a market town and Borough status in the United Kingdom, borough in Staffordshire, England, north-east of Birmingham and on the West Coast Main Line. The town bor ...
and
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, with
Jacqueline Bisset Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset ( ; born 13 September 1944) is an English actress. She began her film career in 1965 and first came to prominence in 1968 with roles in ''The Detective (1968 film), The Detective'', ''Bullitt'', and ''The Swee ...

Jacqueline Bisset
,
Ben Daniels Ben Daniels (born 10 June 1964) is an English actor. Initially a stage actor, Daniels was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor for ''Never the Sinner'' (1991), the Evening Standard Award The ''Evening Standard'' Theatre ...

Ben Daniels
,
John Rhys-Davies John Rhys-Davies (born 5 May 1944) is a Welsh actor best known for portraying Gimli (Middle-earth), Gimli in The Lord of the Rings (film series), ''The Lord of the Rings'' trilogy and Sallah in the Indiana Jones franchise, ''Indiana Jones'' fil ...

John Rhys-Davies
, and
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as costars. It first premiered on cable network
Fox Family
Fox Family
and was then broadcast in the United Kingdom on
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. Trenchard Smith says the film was the best of the three disaster movies he made around this time. It got him the job directing '' Megiddo: The Omega Code 2''.


Plot

In
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in 1916, HMHS ''Britannic'', a sister ship of the ''
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Titanic
'', has been refitted as a hospital ship for Allied soldiers fighting in the
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. Among the nurses who are to serve aboard her is Lady Lewis (
Jacqueline Bisset Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset ( ; born 13 September 1944) is an English actress. She began her film career in 1965 and first came to prominence in 1968 with roles in ''The Detective (1968 film), The Detective'', ''Bullitt'', and ''The Swee ...

Jacqueline Bisset
), who is being delivered to
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via
Naples Naples (; it, Napoli ; nap, Napule ), from grc, Νεάπολις, Neápolis, lit=new city. is the regional capital of and the third-largest city of , after and , with a population of 967,069 within the city's administrative limits as of ...

Naples
, where her husband has become
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Ambassador
for Great Britain. Traveling with her is Vera Campbell (
Amanda Ryan Amanda Ryan (born 10 October 1971) is an English actress who trained at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She is best known for her role on Channel 4's popular comedy drama ''Shameless (UK TV series), Shameless'' as List of Shameless (Bri ...
), an operative of
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posing as Lady Lewis' governess. She is unnerved by the voyage, having survived the ''Titanic'' sinking four years before, losing her husband in it as well. She reports her mission to Captain Bartlett (
John Rhys-Davies John Rhys-Davies (born 5 May 1944) is a Welsh actor best known for portraying Gimli (Middle-earth), Gimli in The Lord of the Rings (film series), ''The Lord of the Rings'' trilogy and Sallah in the Indiana Jones franchise, ''Indiana Jones'' fil ...

John Rhys-Davies
) who is dubious that a woman can do such a job. A
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spy has boarded the ''Britannic'' posing as her chaplain, Chaplain Reynolds (
Edward Atterton Edward Atterton (born 24 January 1962 in Tamworth, Staffordshire Tamworth () is a market town and Borough status in the United Kingdom, borough in Staffordshire, England, north-east of Birmingham and on the West Coast Main Line. The town bor ...
), and soon discovers that she is secretly carrying a large amount of small arms and munitions bound for
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Cairo
. Under the
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, Reynolds considers his actions against her to be legal and initiates a series of sabotage attempts to either take over or sink her, including inciting the
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stokers, all members of the
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, to mutiny. Each sabotage attempt is foiled by Campbell - with the eventual co-operation of the Britannic's crew. Unaware that she is responsible, Reynolds finds himself growing attracted to her whilst the voyage continues after making a stop at
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Naples
,
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. As they spend time together, they fall in love and she has sex with him before discovering his true identity. Campbell confronts him in the engine room where he tells her he is going to sink the ship. Reynolds blows a hole in the ''Britannic'' port side bow. The ship tries sailing for
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island seven miles away but the beaching operation causes her to sink even faster. Campbell discovers that William, one of Lady Lewis's children, has disappeared. Reynolds helps her and they manage to get William to a
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before it is lowered. Another massive explosion causes Reynolds to be trapped in a flooding room. Campbell helps him escape and they make their way through the ship, swimming through flooded rooms, vents, grates, and corridors, eventually making it outside by swimming through a porthole and climbing aboard an empty lifeboat that was already lowered into the water, but still attached by its ropes to the davits. Campbell and Reynolds notice a lifeboat filled with people getting pulled into the still spinning
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propeller
s. They watch in horror as the boat and its occupants are smashed to pieces by the spinning blades. Reynolds ties Campbell to a line thrown to them from a nearby lifeboat. Despite her protests that they both can be pulled to safety, he throws her into the sea after kissing her. Soon after, the lifeboat's ropes break and it begins to also get sucked into the propellers. Reynolds decides to commit suicide, staying aboard the lifeboat as it is smashed by the blades. A few moments later, the ''Britannic'' rapidly rolls over, causing her
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and deck machinery to tumble into the sea as she sinks beneath the waves. A British
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, HMS ''Victoria'' (which earlier helped the ''Britannic'' fend off a
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U-boat
attack), arrives to rescue the survivors. Reflecting on her experience, Campbell quotes the poem "Roll on, Thou..." from ''
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'' by
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Lord Byron
.


Cast

*
Edward Atterton Edward Atterton (born 24 January 1962 in Tamworth, Staffordshire Tamworth () is a market town and Borough status in the United Kingdom, borough in Staffordshire, England, north-east of Birmingham and on the West Coast Main Line. The town bor ...
as Chaplain Reynolds/Major Ernst Tillbach *
Amanda Ryan Amanda Ryan (born 10 October 1971) is an English actress who trained at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. She is best known for her role on Channel 4's popular comedy drama ''Shameless (UK TV series), Shameless'' as List of Shameless (Bri ...
as Vera Campbell *
Jacqueline Bisset Winifred Jacqueline Fraser Bisset ( ; born 13 September 1944) is an English actress. She began her film career in 1965 and first came to prominence in 1968 with roles in ''The Detective (1968 film), The Detective'', ''Bullitt'', and ''The Swee ...

Jacqueline Bisset
as Lady Lewis *
Ben Daniels Ben Daniels (born 10 June 1964) is an English actor. Initially a stage actor, Daniels was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Actor for ''Never the Sinner'' (1991), the Evening Standard Award The ''Evening Standard'' Theatre ...

Ben Daniels
as Townsend *
John Rhys-Davies John Rhys-Davies (born 5 May 1944) is a Welsh actor best known for portraying Gimli (Middle-earth), Gimli in The Lord of the Rings (film series), ''The Lord of the Rings'' trilogy and Sallah in the Indiana Jones franchise, ''Indiana Jones'' fil ...

John Rhys-Davies
as Captain
Charles Alfred Bartlett Commodore (rank), Commodore Charles Alfred Bartlett (21 August 1868 – 15 February 1945) was a merchant seaman and Royal Naval Reserve officer, who achieved command status with the White Star Line shipping company, including as captain of . Bor ...

Charles Alfred Bartlett
*
Bruce Payne Bruce Martyn Payne (born 1957 or 1958) is an English actor, film producer, producer, screenwriter, film director and theatre director. Payne is best known for portraying villains, such as Charles Rane in ''Passenger 57'', Jacob Kell in ''Highlan ...
as Doctor Baker *
Alex Ferns Alexander Ferns (born 13 October 1968) is a Scottish actor and television personality, best known for his ''EastEnders'' role as Trevor Morgan (EastEnders), Trevor Morgan, who was described as "Britain's most-hated soap opera, soap villain" when ...
as Stoker Evans * Eleanor Oakley as Sarah Lewis * Archie Davies as William Lewis * Ed Stobart as Mayfield * Adam Bareham as Britannic's Radio Operator * David Lumsden as German Radio Operator *
Wolf Kahler Wolf Kahler (born 3 April 1940) is a German stage, film, television, and voice actor. From 1975–2012, he appeared in many English language US and UK television and film productions. One of his early roles was Kaiser Wilhelm II en, Fred ...
as Captain Kruger * Philip Rham as Jurgens *
Daniel Coonan Daniel Coonan is a British actor. Early life Coonan was brought up in Haringey The London Borough of Haringey (pronounced , same as Harringay) is a London borough in North London, classified by some definitions as part of Inner London, and ...
as Seamus * Daniel Tatatrsky as Martin * Martin Savage as Sweeney *
Francis Magee Francis Magee (born 7 June 1959) is an Irish actor. He portrayed List of EastEnders characters (1993), Liam Tyler in British soap opera ''EastEnders'' from 1993 to 1995. He has also appeared in numerous television shows and feature films, inclu ...
as Reilly * Niven Boyd as Captain Helm * David Begg as Armed Sailor * John Atkin as Guard * Sean Baker as Colonel Marston


References


External links

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