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The Movie


Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, and Thomas Jane star in the harrowing tale of real-life American heroes shipwrecked in shark-infested waters in the waning days of World War II.

Directed By: Mario Van Peebles

Written By: Cam Cannon, & Richard Rionda Del Castro

Starring: Nicolas Cage (Captain McVay), Tom Sizemore (McWhorter), Thomas Jane (Lt. Adrian Marks), Matt Lanter (Bama), James Remar (Admiral Parnell), Brian Presley (Waxman), Yutaka Takeuchi (Hashimoto) and more.

Genre: Action & War

Rating: R

Runtime: Approx. 131 Minutes

Blu-Ray Details


  • English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1


  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
  • Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1
  • Subtitles:  English, English SDH, & Spanish

Special Features

  • The making of USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage Featurette

My Thoughts

I give this film a B.  Though some scenes were slow the film kept my attention and wanting more.

You may be familiar with the name of this film as Quint (played by Robert Shaw) from the film, Jaws (that was released in 1975) tells a story about the USS Indianapolis saying: “I’ll never put on a life jacket again. So, eleven hundred men went into the water, three hundred sixteen men come out, and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945”.

There are many things I loved about this film.  I absolutely love any film that takes place in the 40s & 50s.  Its one of my favorite eras as I love the cars, the clothing, and hair styles.  I also love WWII fighter planes
(there were only a few scenes).  The sound that comes out of these planes are incredible and give me chills every time.  Did I mention Sharks?!  The shark looked bigger out of water (with its massive teeth and jaw) then it did in the water but still terrifying.  Its weird to think that the threat was more from a shark and not the war. This film is full of suspense, and actioned-packed. Nicolas Cage did an amazing job at portraying his character, Captain McVay.  I would have given him a salute if I were to approach him.

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