Watch: Nicolas Cage in WWII Disaster Movie 'USS Indianapolis' Trailer

May 5, 2016
Source: Variety

USS Indianapolis Trailer

"The Japanese are extremely disciplined adversaries, sir." Hannibal Classics and Patriot Pictures have debuted the first trailer for a WWII movie called USS Indianapolis, or in full the title is actually USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage. It's about the WWII ship the USS Indianapolis, which carried the Enola Gay bomber and pats of the atomic bomb across the Pacific, then later was torpedoed in the South Pacific in July of 1945. It sunk leaving many of the crew left stranded, drowning or dying in the ocean waiting 4 days for rescue. Nicolas Cage stars as Captain Charles B. McVay, who was court-mailed for "failing to zigzag", then exonerated more than half a century later. This looks like it has solid action, not so sure about the rest.

Here's the first official trailer for Mario Van Peebles's USS Indianapolis, originally from Variety:

USS Indianapolis

The harrowing true story of the crew of the USS Indianapolis, who were stranded in the Philippine Sea for five days after delivering the atomic weapons that would eventually end WWII. As they awaited rescue, they endured extreme thirst, hunger, and relentless shark attacks. USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage is directed by Mexican actor-filmmaker Mario Van Peebles, of films like Love Kills, Baadasssss!, and Red Sky previously. The screenplay is written by Richard Rionda Del Castro and Cam Cannon. Saban Films will release USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage in theaters in the US, but no exact date is set yet. Stay tuned if you're interested. Read more about the USS Indianapolis sinking on Wikipedia. What do you make of this?

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The director and poster give this a distinctly TV movie theme.

Payne by name on May 5, 2016


Van Peebles? Classic actor....not sure about his directing though...

TheOct8pus on May 6, 2016


I'm not even gonna watch the trailer, the poster has me sold.

Stuntman Mike on May 5, 2016


Not completely sold yet, but being a former U.S. Navy sailor I tend to check these movies out anyway. Maybe this will get that crap movie Battleship out of my head forever. One can only hope.

theslayer5150 on May 5, 2016


The trailer gives away the entire story. It shows that the ship sinks, the crew is attacked by sharks, Nic survives and then goes to court. Even if you don't know the actual history of this case, this is about all there is to it, apart from the tragic end of McVays life. So what surprise could be left in this movie? Furthermore I see some not so good CGI, Nic with another hairpiece, Sizemore who as it appears doesn't have sexual intercourse on video, and Thomas Jane with a mustache. I am not sold yet.

Nash on May 5, 2016


Honestly, when a movie is done about a historical event that happened in the past, pretty much everyone knows how it's going to turn out, and what the ending will be (Titanic, Valkyrie, ect.) What makes a movie like that good or bad is in the WAY it tells the story that we all know the outcome to, and who the actors portray the roles they are in.

theslayer5150 on May 6, 2016


Point is, this your typical American historic drama, The rest of the world does not know the outcome or has even heard of the USS Indianapolis. Why, show them the outcome of the story in the trailer? And why show the outcome of the story to the people who already know the outcome? What is the added value of that? I am not sold yet because I don't see this trailer doing anything other then showing the entire story of the movie. And in my opinion the trailer doesn't show that the story is told in some special way that makes the movie worth watching.

Nash on May 9, 2016


Who plays Quint?

Steven on May 5, 2016


Robert Shaw, a superb british actor.

jason on Jun 5, 2016


I'm surprised it took this long after "Jaws" for someone to finally make this movie. Quint's USS Indianapolis speech is basically an idea pitch embedded within a film; and where Spielberg has raved about the scene for years, you'd think he would have at least attempted to develop the project back in the day.

Jimmy Rabbitte on May 5, 2016


I'm surprised it took this long after "Jaws" for someone to finally make this movie. Quint's USS Indianapolis speech is basically an idea pitch embedded within a film; and where Spielberg has raved about the scene for years, you'd think he would have at least attempted to develop the project back in the day.

Jimmy Rabbitte on May 5, 2016


When Mario Van Peebles pitched this movie, he just played the Quint scene and then said, "So? You guys in?"

TheOct8pus on May 6, 2016


Show me the way to go home. I'm tired and I want to go bed...

grimjob on May 6, 2016


Another gem in Nicholas Cage's career....

TheOct8pus on May 6, 2016


What the hell happened to him? Used to be so good.

grimjob on May 6, 2016


I guess the Taxman happened to him...

TheOct8pus on May 6, 2016



grimjob on May 8, 2016


I am very cautious about a Nicolas Gage movie, but this isn't bad at all. On my List. By the way :London has fallen wasn't that bad, just fun too watch and there is a epic shootout scene in it.

ari smulders on May 6, 2016


Court-Mailed? Do you mean court martial?

Scott Malo on May 6, 2016


i would take the "based of" with a pinch of salt. sometimes 90% of the events get a loose adaptation to make the movie more "palatable" to this action driven audience.

tarek on May 6, 2016


the movie looks "watchable", but the poster for it is one hell of a photoshop disaster....

reaperdaddy on May 6, 2016


Well, Nic, wish you luck with this one... Maybe this is the way picking better films than usual. Hope so ...

shiboleth on May 6, 2016



DAVIDPD on May 6, 2016


I really liked all the alluring words in quotes.

redtie on May 7, 2016


Mario Van Peebles is mexican? LOL Well that is a new one

Miguel Hernandez on May 9, 2016


Lordy, looks like typical Nic Cage crap. Too bad it is based on the USS Indianapolis story. Their tale deserves a lot more respect than this straight to VOD junk.

KLD on May 13, 2016


I bet you all characters are GQ models who survive the shark attack. Well, Except for that sweetheart who pretends to be a great-american but is eaten in order to save a poor black sailor. Another revisionist drama based on a script written by a holocaust survivor...

jason on Jun 5, 2016

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