The Battle of the River Plate

The tremendous story of the victory over the Graf Spee.

The Battle of the River Plate (1956)


Set during the opening years of World War II when the Royal Navy was fighting a desperate battle to keep the Atlantic convoy routes open and the British Isles supplied. Of great danger were the numerous surface/commerce raiders that had slipped out of German waters just before war was declared. These included battleships, heavy cruisers and auxiliary cruisers such as "Bismarck", "Scharnhorst", "Gneissenau", "Admiral Graf Spee", "Prinz Eugen" and "Atlantis". These ships were supplied by axis cargo ships or tankers and primarily attacked and sank merchant shipping. They could and did strike anywhere and everywhere. This story is loosely based on the story of one such ship, the "Admiral Graf Spee", and how 3 lightly armed Royal Navy cruisers with mere 6 and 8 inch guns boldly took on this powerful "pocket battleship" armed with 11 inch guns. The Royal Navy cruisers should have been blown out of the water before they could fire a single shot by the longer range 11 inch guns but ...

Directors: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger.

Release Date: 1956-10-30
Status: Released
Run time: 119 min / 1:59
Production Company : The Archers
Production Country: United Kingdom



John Gregson
Captain Bell, H.M.S. Exeter
Anthony Quayle
Commodore Harwood, H.M.S. Ajax
Peter Finch
Captain Langsdorff, Admiral Graf Spee
Ian Hunter
Captain Woodhouse, H.M.S. Ajax
Jack Gwillim
Captain Parry, H.M.S. Achilles
Bernard Lee
Captain Dove, M.S. Africa Shell
Lionel Murton
Mike Fowler
Anthony Bushell
Sir Millington Drake, British Minister, Montevideo
Peter Illing
Dr. Guani, Foreign Minister, Uruguay
Michael Goodliffe
Captain McCall R.N., British Naval Attache for Buenos Aires
Patrick Macnee
Lieutenant Commander Medley R.N.
John Chandos
Dr. Langmann, German Minister, Montevideo
Douglas Wilmer
M. Desmoulins, French Minister, Montevideo
William Squire
Ray Martin
Roger Delgado
Captain Varela, Uruguayan Navy
Andrew Cruickshank
Captain Stubbs - Doric Star
Christopher Lee
David Farrar
Jeremy Kemp
Gunner, H.M.S. Achilles
John Le Mesurier
Reverend George Groves - Padre, HMS Exeter
Cyril Luckham
Lieutenant Jasper Abbot, H.M.S. Achilles
Donald Moffat
Swanston, Lookout, H.M.S. Ajax
George Murcell
Chief Officer, Newton Beach
Anthony Newley
Radio Operator, Tairoa, Prisoner on Admiral Graf Spee
Nigel Stock
Chief Officer, Tairoa, Prisoner on Admiral Graf Spee


Directing Michael Powell Director
Directing Emeric Pressburger Director
Writing Emeric Pressburger Writer
Writing Michael Powell Writer

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