Experience this groundbreaking film, the story of the greatest sea disaster in U.S. Navy History, told for the first time by only the men who lived it.
In the most top secret Navy mission of World War II, the crew of the heavy cruiser USS Indianapolis delivers components of the atomic bomb to Tinian island. Four days later, two Japanese torpedoes sink the ship in the Challenger Deep, triggering an epic tale of survival. For five days, the 880 men who make it into the water battle searing sun, thirst, hundreds of sharks—and ultimately each other. Just 317 survive—only to band together again in a fifty-year fight to clear their captain's name.
Set to a soaring original score, this incredible story unfolds with rare WWII footage, previously unpublished photographs, and new footage from one of the last WWII-era heavy cruisers still afloat. USS Indianapolis: The Legacy shows us that through courage and faith, ordinary men can survive the crucible of nature, and emerge extraordinary heroes.
Runtime: 98 min.
Genres: Documentary, History, War, Veterans, World War II, Military & Military HistorySubtitles / Closed Captioning: Closed Captions on Digital Site License.
2016 Official Selection, GI Film Festival, Washington DC
2016 Best Female Director (Sara Vladic), GI Film Festival, Washington DC
2016 Official Selection, GI Film Festival, San Diego (Opening Night Special Event Feature)
2016 Best Documentary Feature, GI Film Festival, San Diego
2016 Official Selection, Hollywood International Independent Documentary Festival, LA
2016 Special Selection, Heartland Film Festival, Indianapolis
Best Female Director (GIFF)
• "Our Book (Only 317 Survived) is a collection of the thoughts of many of the survivors of the Indianapolis sinking, but your Legacy project is a synthesis of the innermost, intimate thoughts and feelings of the surviving Officers and Men as they relive the stress, terror and pain of the greatest tragedy at sea in the history of the United States Navy! It is the real true story!"
- John Woolston, USS Indianapolis Officer and Survivor
• "The Legacy Film was awe inspiring, and I was so happy to be a small part of it. This should make a major impact on the way history is taught. I am showing it to members of my immediate family with the same general response."
- Malcolm Smook, USS Indianapolis Rescue Crew member
• “Finally, somebody got the story right, not as a Hollywood representation, but as it really happened in all its poignancy and power. It does great justice and honor to the survivors.”
- Captain William Toti, USN (Ret); Honorary USS Indianapolis Survivor
• “This is a powerful and meaningful film, it captures all the facts, thoughts and emotions I have experienced over the 49 years since; as a 12-year-old, I learned about of these men and this ship – all these facts, thoughts and emotions rolled into an hour and a half. It’s an impossible task realized.”
- Jim Belcher, Jr., son of survivor James Belcher