The Battle of the River Plate

The Battle of the River Plate (a.k.a. Pursuit of the Graf Spee in the United States) is a 1956 British war film in Technicolor and VistaVision by the writer-director-producer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. The film stars John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Bernard Lee and Peter Finch. It was distributed worldwide by Rank Film Distributors Ltd.


In the early months of the Second World War, Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine sends out merchant raiders to attack Allied shipping. The heavily armed German pocket battleship the Admiral Graf Spee sinks a British merchant vessel, the Africa Shell. The Africa Shell's crew is brought aboard the Admiral Graf Spee. The Admiral Graf Spee docks with its supply ship and more captured British seamen are brought aboard. Three weeks later, the Admiral Graf Spee sinks another British vessel, the Doric Star. Her crew is also brought aboard.