“It’s a question of your confidence in my judgment.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
He argues that it’s a “terrible movie, but it is interesting because it stars Reagan and explores the nature of command.” He adds that “Nancy Reagan haters will enjoy the sailors passing around her 8-by-10 glossy (she looks sixty and shriveled) and getting all hot and bothered”.
Clearly, Peary’s comments are biased by the era when GFTFF was published (smack dab in the middle of Reagan’s 8-year presidency); it’s a bit easier these days to separate the actor from the politician, and to that end, Reagan is actually quite credible (if unexceptional). The storyline is standard Hollywoodized fare, exploring leadership and trust issues in times of heightened tension and combat.
It’s not by any means must-see, but might be of minor interest to fans of submarine warfare.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments: