“A fictional account of the sinking of the H.M.H.S. Britannic off the Greek island of Kea in November 1916. This explores the theory of a German agent sabotaging the liner, a hospital ship.”
This “made for TV” movie was broadcast in 2000 and shortly thereafter I purchased the VHS (yes, VHS). In order to review this movie I had to bring out the old VHS/DVD player (as we currently watch DVDs on the PS3). I then had to drive to Target for a missing cord and then I was FINALLY able to actually watch the VHS (oh the irony).
Once I had the VHS rolling I immediately noticed the poor picture (that I had never noticed while growing up). It is obviously (as a made for TV movie) lacking in special effects but for the most part it was done really well for a small budget film. The captain is John Rhys-Davies – the most famous actor in the movie.
Overall, this movie was a great blast from the past for me that I recommend (if you can find it) as a rental. The love story is lovely and I enjoyed the plot as well. Plus, it’s fun to return to the land of VHS every once and awhile.
Actual Britannic History (Wikipedia): HMHS Britannic was the third and largest Olympic-class ocean liner of the White Star Line. She was the sister ship ofRMS Olympic and RMS Titanic, and was intended to enter service as a transatlantic passenger liner. She was launched just before the start of the First World War and was laid up at her builders in Belfast for many months before being put to use as a hospital shipin 1915. In that role she struck a mine off the Greek island of Kea, in the Kea Channel on 21 November 1916, and sank with the loss of 30 lives. Plus, Edward Atterton is pretty nice to look at.
Did anyone else see this movie 12 years ago?
Actual Britannic Trivia (IMDB):
- HMHS Britannic was originally ordered by the White Star Line as the third in her class. Her sisters included RMS Titanic and the RMS Olympic.
- Two Titanic survivors were aboard the Britannic when it sunk.