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The Wall Street Journal reviews “USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter”

This PBS documentary recounts the story of the ill-fated cruiser and a recent expedition that uncovered the wreckage.


It seems a pretty good bet that if people are familiar with the tale of the USS Indianapolis they’ve also seen “Jaws.” During the famous, half-drunken soliloquy by the film’s ornery seadog and Navy vet, Captain Quint (Robert Shaw), we get a first-person account of the ship’s last voyage: The Japanese torpedoes. The cruiser sinking in 12 minutes. The surviving sailors being cast into the sea. Five days of being picked off by sharks. What makes the scene even scarier—scarier, it can be argued, than any fish in the movie—is the look on the face of oceanographer Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) who sits by silently, knowing…

Read the synopsis for USS Indianapolis: The Final Chapter here.

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