Release dateMarch 18, 2001 WriterCharles C. Thompson II (book), David Freed GenresDrama, Television film, Docudrama CastRobert Sean Leonard (Lt Dan Meyer), James Caan (Capt Fred Moosally), Daniel Roebuck, Jamie Harrold, Dashiell Eaves Similar moviesJames Caan appears in A Glimpse of Hell and This Is My Father
A glimpse of hell retribution
A Glimpse of Hell is a drama film originally made for TV and was initially shown on the FX TV network. It was released in the United States on March 18, 2001. It was filmed in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and stars James Caan, Robert Sean Leonard, and Daniel Roebuck. It was directed by Mikael Salomon. The film is based on the book A Glimpse of Hell: The Explosion on the USS Iowa and Its Cover-Up by Charles C. Thompson II about the 1989 turret explosion incident on the USS Iowa and its aftermath.
Buzz McClain of allmovie gave the movie 3.5 of 5 stars stating: "Taut and compelling, A Glimpse of Hell is a based-on-fact story that doesn't feel like it was drawn entirely from dry depositions and courtroom testimony." The movie when first shown, scored a 3.3 household rating and drew 2.7 million viewers. This was enough to make A Glimpse of Hell the most-watched program in FX's seven-year history, at the time. There is some minor inaccuracy in several screen shots of battleships: They all are of BB-63, as given by the "63" in the stem writing. However, BB-63 is the USS Missouri; the correct hull number for the USS Iowa is BB-61, as shown by the "61" on the caps of the various characters.