Taglines: The Only Thing More Dangerous Than the Front Lines Was the Fight to Get There.
A terrible situation arises during the Second World War. Fascist submariners are already attacking the Atlantic Ocean with might and main, they spread the action for many kilometers ahead. The main character is a naval officer named Ernest Krause. So the circumstances were, he first appeared on a destroyer, and carried out a number of orders of the government. But suddenly, by radio, he was informed that in the future in his hands would be the lives of all representatives of the crew and the whole mission.
The boy is in a terrible state, he is full of fears and indecision. He practically does not believe in his own strength, is afraid that nothing will come of it. But he is obliged to continue aspirations and move on to the path. He was given the task – to find the Nazis and destroy most of the opponents.
Based upon the novel “The Good Shepherd” by C S Forester, this is the thrilling story of an Allied convoy crossing the North Atlantic in 1942 as it faces relentless attack by a German submarine wolf pack. The leader of the convoy’s destroyer screen is a US Navy commander making his first Atlantic crossing. The story focuses on the his command responsibility as he fights the cold, the relentless night, the brutal sea, and his deep fatigue as he chases down the attacking submarines in the deadly game of cat and mouse. The exciting story, a thrilling ride-along with the beleaguered captain, so deeply portrays the elements of battle command that for a long period of time the book was used as a text at the US Naval Academy.
Creators: Tom Hanks, C.S. Forester (based on the novel “The Good Shepherd”)
Director: Aaron Schneider.
Star Cast: Alex Kramer, Devin Druid, Elisabeth Shue, Karl Glusman, Lee Norris, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Rob Morgan, Stephen Graham, Tom Brittney, Tom Hanks,
Producer (s): Gary Goetzman
Cinematographer: Shelly Johnson
Production House: Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Stage 6 Films, Bron Creative, Sycamore Pictures, FilmNation Entertainment, Playtone
Music: Blake Neely
Original network / Official Sites: Apple TV+
Release Year: 10 July 2020 (USA)
Runtime: 92 min
Genres: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Canada, China
Greyhound is a 2020 American war film directed by Aaron Schneider and starring Tom Hanks, who also wrote the screenplay. The film is based on the 1955 novel The Good Shepherd by C. S. Forester, and also stars Stephen Graham, Rob Morgan, and Elisabeth Shue. The plot follows a commander of the US Navy on his first war-time assignment in command of a multi-national escort group defending a merchant ship convoy under attack by submarines in early-1942 during the Battle of the Atlantic, only months after the U.S. officially entered World War II.
During the Battle of the Atlantic, convoy HX-25, consisting of 37 Allied ships, is making its way to Liverpool. The convoy’s escort consists of the Fletcher-class destroyer USS Keeling, radio call sign Greyhound, captained by Commander Ernest Krause (Tom Hanks) of the United States Navy; the British Tribal-class destroyer HMS James, call sign Harry; the Polish Grom-class destroyer ORP Viktor (with a Royal Navy liason officer on the radio), call sign Eagle; and the Canadian Flower-class corvette, HMCS Dodge, call sign Dicky.
The escort ships are also under the command of Krause. Despite his seniority, it is his first wartime command.
The convoy enters the “Black Pit” – the Mid-Atlantic gap where they will be out of range of protective air cover. While they are still three days away from the resumption of air cover, high-frequency direction finding (HUFFDUFF) from the convoy flagship reports to Greyhound that it has intercepted German transmissions that are likely from a U-boat (submarine). Greyhound’s crew identifies the surfaced sub heading toward the convoy. Greyhound moves away from the convoy to intercept it based on its bearing and gets the U-boat within firing range, but the heavy seas allow the U-boat to dive before Greyhound can get a visual. After sonar contact is re-established, the submarine tries to slip under Greyhound, but Krause maneuvers Greyhound above the U-boat and fires a full pattern of depth charges, resulting in his first kill.
The crew’s jubilation is cut short as they soon receive reports of distress rockets at the rear of the convoy. A Greek merchant ship was attacked and is sinking. Krause moves Greyhound to assist, evading torpedoes fired by another U-boat in the process. After the rescue Greyhound returns to the convoy receiving multiple messages from the other escorts: a wolfpack of six more subs is staying just out of firing range of the convoy, which Krause suspects is waiting for nightfall in order to attack. As night falls, the attack commences with five merchant ships being torpedoed and sunk. One U-boat torpedoes an oil tanker and escapes Greyhound by using an underwater decoy to waste depth charges. Krause chooses to rescue survivors from the burning oil tanker before proceeding to the action at the rear of the convoy.
The next day, the submariners mount an attack on Greyhound. The captain of the submarine Grey Wolf taunts the convoy and its escorts via radio transmission, threatening to sink them all. Krause learns that Greyhound is down to six depth charges. The U-boats launch multiple torpedo runs, which Greyhound is barely able to evade. Meanwhile both Dicky and Eagle take damage, with Eagle eventually sinking. Greyhound and Dicky combine to sink one of the U-boats in an exchange of surface broadsides. Greyhound is hit on the port side by one of the U-boat’s deck guns, which kills Krause’s mess attendant George Cleveland and two sailors. Krause elects to break radio silence by transmitting a single word, “help” to the Admiralty.
On the last day in the Black Pit, the remaining U-boats mount an all-out attack. One of the torpedoes glances off the side of Greyhound as the destroyer barely manages to evade the other. After heavy fighting, Greyhound manages to sink the lead U-boat. To everyone’s relief, they spot air support deployed from British RAF Coastal Command. With spotting assistance from Greyhound, a PBY Catalina bomber lines up on the last visible U-boat with depth charges, sinking it instantly. The remaining three subs are assumed to have slipped away.
While assessing damage, Krause receives radio contact from the head of the relief escorts, HMS Diamond, that his relief has arrived and Greyhound is due for repair and refitting in Derry alongside his two surviving companion vessels. The crew receives a “job well done” on their four U-boat kills. While setting the new course, the passengers and crew of one of the convoy ships cheer and send up flares to salute Greyhound’s crew for their valor and victory at sea while Krause finally rests.