UK DVD art for Britannic
|Directed by||Brian Trenchard-Smith|
|Produced by||Paul Colichman|
|Release date(s)||January 10, 2000 (US) |
|Running time||93 min.|
|Country|| United States/
Britannic is a 2000 romantic drama TV film, directed by Brian Trenchard-Smith and produced for cable network Fox Family. It is a fictional account of the sinking of His Majesty's Hospital Ship Britannic off the Greek island of Kea in November 1916, that explores the theory that a German agent sabotaged the ocean liner, which then served as a hospital ship for the British Army. The film stars Edward Atterton and Amanda Ryan, with Jacqueline Bisset, Ben Daniels, John Rhys-Davies and Bruce Payne as co-stars.
In Southampton in 1916, HMHS Britannic, a sister ship of RMS Titanic, has been refitted as a hospital ship for soldiers fighting in the Gallipoli Campaign. Among the nurses who are to serve aboard her is Lady Lewis (Jacqueline Bisset), who is being delivered to Greece via Naples, where her husband has become Ambassador for Great Britain. Traveling with her is Vera Campbell (Amanda Ryan), an operative of British Intelligence posing as Lady Lewis' governess. Campbell is unnerved by the voyage, having survived the sinking of the RMS Titanic four years previously, losing her husband as well.
A German spy has boarded the Britannic posing as the ship's chaplain, Chaplain Reynolds (Edward Atterton), and soon discovers that the Britannic is carrying small arms as was believed - although he is unaware that Captain Bartlett (John Rhys-Davies) has placed the small arms aboard as a means of protection against mutiny. Under the articles of war, Reynolds considers his actions against the Britannic to be legal and initiates a series of sabotage attempts to either take over the Britannic or sink her, including inciting the Irish stokers, all members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, to mutiny.
Each sabotage attempt is foiled by Vera Campbell - with the eventual co-operation of the ship's crew. Unaware that Campbell is responsible, Reynolds finds himself growing attracted to Campbell whilst the voyage continues. As the two of them spend time together, they fall in love and Campbell has sex with Reynolds before discovering his true identity. Reynolds blows a hole in the port side bow of the ship. The Britannic, mortally damaged, tries sailing for Kea island seven miles away, but the beaching operation causes the hospital ship to sink even faster. Campbell discovers that William, one of Lady Lewis's children, has disappeared. Reynolds helps her and they manage to get the boy to the lifeboat before it is lowered. An explosion causes Reynolds to be trapped in a flooding room. Campbell helps Reynolds escape and the two of them make their way through the ship, swimming through flooded rooms, vents, grates, and corridors. They make it outside and watch a lifeboat filled with 29 evacuees get smashed to pieces by the still spinning propellers. Reynolds ties Campbell to a line that was thrown from Lady Lewis's lifeboat. Despite her protests, Reynolds throws her into the sea after kissing her. Reynolds commits suicide. A few moments later, the ship rolls onto her starboard side and sinks beneath the waves. A warship, HMS Victoria, arrives to rescue the survivors. Vera quotes the poem "Roll on, Thou..." from Childe Harold's Pilgrimage by Lord Byron.
- Edward Atterton as Chaplain Reynolds
- Amanda Ryan as Vera Campbell
- Jacqueline Bisset as Lady Lewis
- Ben Daniels as Townsend
- John Rhys-Davies as Captain Barlett
- Bruce Payne as Doctor Baker
- Alex Ferns as Stoker Evans
- Eleanor Oakley as Sarah Lewis
- Archie Davies as William Lewis
- Ed Stobart as Mayfield
- Adam Bareham as Britannic's Radio Operator
- David Lumsden as German Radio Operator
- Wolf Kahler as Captain Kruger
- Philip Rham as Jurgens
- Daniel Coonan as Seamus
- Daniel Tatatrsky as Martin
- Martin Savage as Sweeney
- Francis Magee as Reilly
- Niven Boyd as Captain Helm
- David Begg as Armed Sailor
- John Atkin as Guard
- Sean Baker as Colonel Marston
- Susannah Wise as Nurse
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