A Glimpse of Hell (film)

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A Glimpse of Hell
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Based onA Glimpse of Hell
by Charles C. Thompson II
Written byDavid Freed
Directed byMikael Salomon
StarringJames Caan
Robert Sean Leonard
Daniel Roebuck
Music byDavid C. Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersAndrew Adelson
Tracey Alexander
ProducersMitch Engel
Terry Coyle (supervising producer)
CinematographyJon Joffin
EditorDon Brochu
Running time85 minutes
Production companies20th Century Fox Television
Fox Television Studios
Glimpse of Hell Productions
Original releaseMarch 18, 2001 (2001-03-18)

A Glimpse of Hell is a 2001 American-Canadian made-for-television drama film directed by Mikael Salomon. It premiered in the United States on FX on March 18, 2001. It was filmed in Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada and stars James Caan, Robert Sean Leonard, and Daniel Roebuck. The film is based on the 1999 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 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]


  1. ^ a b "Hell sends FX ratings Heavenward". Broadcasting & Cable. March 26, 2001. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2011.

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