Yangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst

TitleYangtse Incident: The Story of H.M.S. Amethyst
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1957
AuthorsAnderson, Michael
Running Time113 min
Date Released06/1957
DistributorBritish Lion Films
CountryUnited Kingdom
Publication Languageeng

On a mission to resupply the British Embassy during the Chinese Civil War, the British frigate HMS Amethyst was unexpectedly atacked by the Chinese People's Liberation Army on the north bank of the Yangtse river. With rescue attempts blocked by the Chinese communist army, for many weeks the situation remained in deadlock, until finally, Lieutenant-Commander John S. Kerans realized he must make a dangerous decision: trust their captors to release them, or run the gauntlet of communist batteries down 140 miles of hostile territory. Based on real historical events in 1949.


Richard Todd: Lt. Cmdr. Kenans, RN; William Hartnell: Leading Seaman Frank; Akim Tamiroff: Colonel Peng; Donald Houston: Lt. Weston, RN; Keye Luke: Capt. Kuo Tai; Sophie Stewart: Miss Charlotte Dunlap; Robert Urquhart: Flt. Lt. Fearnley, RAF; James Kenney: Lt. Hett RN; Richard Leech: Lt Strain, RN; Michael Brill: Lt. Berger, RN; Barry Foster: PO McCarthy RN; Thomas Heathcote: Mr. Monaghan, RN; Sam Kydd: AB Walker, RN; Ewen Solon: ERA Williams RN; Brian Smith: Boy Martin.


Studio Canal; Herbert Wilcox presents; screenplay by Eric Ambler; produced by Herbert Wilcox; directed by Michael Anderson; a Wilcox-Neagle production; produced at Associated British Elstree Studios, England. Director of photography: Gordon Dines; editor: Basil Warren; music: Leighton Lucas.


War movie, historical drama. 

Alternate TitleBattle Hell, Escape of the Amethyst, Their Greatest Glory, Yangtse Incident
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