Under Ten Flags

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Under Ten Flags
Sotto dieci bandiere.jpg
Italian film poster
Directed by Duilio Coletti
Produced by Dino De Laurentiis
Written by Vittoriano Petrilli
Duilio Coletti
Ulrich Möhr
Starring Van Heflin
Charles Laughton
Mylène Demongeot
Music by Nino Rota
Cinematography Aldo Tonti
Edited by Jerry Webb
Distributed by Paramount Pictures (US)
Release date
  • 15 September 1960 (1960-09-15) (US)
  • 21 September 1960 (1960-09-21) (Italy)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Italy
United States
Language English
Box office $1 million (US/ Canada)[1]</ref>

Under Ten Flags (Italian: Sotto dieci bandiere) is a 1960 Italian-American war film directed by Duilio Coletti. It was entered into the 10th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]


Loosely based on actual events during World War II, the film depicts real-life German Captain Bernhard Rogge commanding the navy raider Atlantis, which from May 1940 to November 1941 sank 22 Allied merchant ships. The story alternates between scenes at the Admiralty and scenes at sea, particularly showing Captain Rogge's humanity and chivalrous conduct of his military engagements. Rogge was one of the few German flag rank officers who was not arrested by the Allies after the war, due to his conduct as a military officer. After eighteen months of successful raids, Atlantis is sunk on 22 November 1941 by the British cruiser Devonshire.



  1. ^ ""Rental Potentials of 1960"". Variety. 4 January 1961. p. 47. 
  2. ^ "IMDb.com: Awards for Under Ten Flags". imdb.com. Retrieved 17 January 2010. 

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