Film about naval mine disarmers

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Rontombontom
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Film about naval mine disarmers

Post by Rontombontom » Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:55 pm

I hope someone can help me find a movie/TV film I saw at least 35, maybe 40 years ago on TV (but was already old by then).

The film was about men trying to disarm German naval mines washed up on a beach, made difficult by some new intricate trigger mechanism as yet unknown to the disposal experts. The first scene is someone blowing himself up while trying. If I remember correctly, the main character is shown as a quiet hero risking his life to save others even if it causes serious conflict with a woman who loves him; there was a film noir feel to the movie. The film was probably British, but I'm not certain, and probably B&W, but that could have been the TV I watched it on.

Does any of that ring a bell? I did several searches & went through long lists of war movies to find this one, to no avail.

Byron Angel
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Re: Film about naval mine disarmers

Post by Byron Angel » Fri Mar 27, 2020 3:54 am

Rontombontom wrote:
Sun Mar 24, 2019 3:55 pm
I hope someone can help me find a movie/TV film I saw at least 35, maybe 40 years ago on TV (but was already old by then).

The film was about men trying to disarm German naval mines washed up on a beach, made difficult by some new intricate trigger mechanism as yet unknown to the disposal experts. The first scene is someone blowing himself up while trying. If I remember correctly, the main character is shown as a quiet hero risking his life to save others even if it causes serious conflict with a woman who loves him; there was a film noir feel to the movie. The film was probably British, but I'm not certain, and probably B&W, but that could have been the TV I watched it on.

Does any of that ring a bell? I did several searches & went through long lists of war movies to find this one, to no avail.


Sounds like Episode 9 ("17 Seconds to Glory") of the 13 episode BBC series "Danger UXB" from 1979. Actually great TV. Watched them all on PBS back in the day.

Go here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger_UXB#Episodes - for full details.

Byron

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