A Glimpse of Hell (film)

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A Glimpse of Hell
A Glimpse of Hell.jpg
DVD cover
Genre Drama
Written by David Freed
Directed by Mikael Salomon
Starring James Caan
Robert Sean Leonard
Daniel Roebuck
Music by David C. Williams
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Andrew Adelson
Tracey Alexander
Producer(s) Mitch Engel
Terry Coyle (supervising producer)
Cinematography Jon Joffin
Running time 85 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Fox Television Studios
Glimpse of Hell Productions
Distributor 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Original release March 18, 2001

A Glimpse of Hell is a drama film originally made for TV and was initially shown on the FX TV network.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
Mark Day (actor) Sailor #2
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.[1] This was enough to make A Glimpse of Hell the most-watched program in FX's seven-year history, at the time.[1] There is some minor inaccuracy in several screen shots of battleships: They all are of BB-63, as given by the "63" in the stem writing. However, BB-63 is the USS Missouri; the correct hull number for the USS Iowa is BB-61, as shown by the "61" on the caps of the various characters.


  1. ^ a b "Hell sends FX ratings Heavenward". Broadcasting & Cable. 2001-03-26. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 

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