A Glimpse of Hell (film)

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A Glimpse of Hell
A Glimpse of Hell.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by Mikael Salomon[1]
Produced by Mitch Engel[2]
Written by David Freed[1]
Starring James Caan
Robert Sean Leonard
Daniel Roebuck
Music by David C. Williams[2]
Cinematography Jon Joffin[1]
Distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release dates March 18, 2001
Running time 85 minutes
Country Canada
Language English

A Glimpse of Hell is a drama film originally made for TV and was initially shown on the FX TV network. It was released in the United States on March 18, 2001. It was filmed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and stars James Caan, Robert Sean Leonard, and Daniel Roebuck. It was directed by Mikael Salomon. The film is based on the book A Glimpse of Hell: The Explosion on the USS Iowa and Its Cover-Up by Charles C. Thompson II about the 1989 turret explosion incident on the USS Iowa and its aftermath.


Actor Character
James Caan Captain Fred Moosally
Robert Sean Leonard Lieutenant Junior Grade Daniel P. Meyer
Daniel Roebuck Petty Officer Dale Mortensen
Jamie Harrold Kendall Truitt
John Doman Admiral Langlett
John Benjamin Hickey
Dashiell Eaves Clay Hartwig
Hugh Thompson
Alan C. Peterson MCPO Ziegler
Bill MacDonald
Ken James Adm. Chapin
Eugene Lipinski Skelley
Chris Owens Agent Flynn
Bruce Gray Donald Meyer
James Bulliard Gunner's Mate Tim Sykes
Sherry Devanney Kathy Kubicina
Jennifer Overton Evelyn Hartwig

Critical reception[edit]

Buzz McClain of allmovie gave the movie 3.5 of 5 stars stating: "Taut and compelling, A Glimpse of Hell is a based-on-fact story that doesn't feel like it was drawn entirely from dry depositions and courtroom testimony." The movie when first shown, scored a 3.3 household rating and drew 2.7 million viewers.[3] This was enough to make A Glimpse of Hell the most-watched program in FX's seven-year history, at the time.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "A Glimpse of Hell (2001) (TV)". IMDB. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  2. ^ a b "A Glimpse of Hell (2001)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  3. ^ a b "Hell sends FX ratings Heavenward". Broadcasting & Cable. 2001-03-26. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 

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