The Battle of the River Plate (also titled Pursuit of the Graf Spee) is a 1956 British film written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger and starring John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, and Ian Hunter. This WWII film tells the story of three British cruise ships, Ajax, Achilles, and Exeter, as they are forced to battle merchant raiders sent by the German Navy. The Graf Spee, a smaller sized battleship, has made its way to South America under Captain Hans Langsdorff (Peter Finch). The Graf Spee defends its territory strongly, however, and the Exeter undergoes spectacular damage. When Langsdorff realizes that his ship has also been hit, he sails to Montevideo where he receives aid at a neutral port. There he realizes that he has little choice if he wants to escape South America alive. The Battle of the River Plate was nominated for three BAFTA Awards in 1957, including Best Film and Best Screenplay.