From: San Antonio, TX
I heard about the movie about the U.S.S Indianapolis and I had high hopes. Then I looked up the cast, saw Nick Cage and Tom Sizemore, and got a bit worried. Then I saw that they filmed it aboard the USS Alabama, and I adopted a wait-and-see attitude (no disrespect to the Alabama, but I can't stand seeing battleships used to represent heavy cruisers [yes this is a nitpick]). Sorry to hear that it was such a flop, as the history behind it deserves better
If you have access to a streaming service, you may want to check it out. Kind of like checking out a grisly accident by the side of the road. You almost have to see how bad, how gnarly and twisted it is for yourself.
Yes, the whole using the Alabama for a CA bugged the **** out of me too. They even did so for a bunch of their publicity shots. So did filming a number of the shipwreck survivor soliloquy scenes in the shallow, calm and muddy waters of Mobile Bay instead of the open ocean by the Philippines. And so on...and so on...
If you want distracting nitpicks, you kind of owe it to yourself to check it out. Start a list. Consider it a treasure hunt.
If you guys lived closer I might start a "Bull**** BINGO" game or a combined BINGO game / drinking game out of it. Then the movie might be a worthwhile endeavor. Alas, the serious subject matter detracts from such activities and leaves me sad for a good rendition that will never be.