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Das Boot

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Plot

The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.

Release Year: 1981

Rating: 8.5/10 (89,360 voted)

Critic's Score: 86/100

Director:
Wolfgang Petersen

Stars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann

Storyline
It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy English shipping. With better escorts of the Destroyer Class, however, German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of one such U-Boat crew, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers, attempted to accomplish impossible missions, while all the time attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served.

Writers: Wolfgang Petersen, Lothar G. Buchheim

Cast:

Jürgen Prochnow

Capt.-Lt. Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock – Der Alte


Herbert Grönemeyer

Lt. Werner – Correspondent


Klaus Wennemann

Chief Engineer Fritz Grade – Der Leitende-Der LI


Hubertus Bengsch

1st Lieutenant – Number One-1WO


Martin Semmelrogge

2nd Lieutenant – 2WO


Bernd Tauber

Kriechbaum – Chief Quartermaster-Navigator


Erwin Leder

Johann


Martin May

Ullman


Heinz Hoenig

Hinrich

(as Heinz Hönig)


Uwe Ochsenknecht

Chief Bosun


Claude-Oliver Rudolph

Ario


Jan Fedder

Pilgrim


Ralf Richter

Frenssen

(as Ralph Richter)


Joachim Bernhard

Preacher


Oliver Stritzel

Schwalle

Taglines:
The other side of the Battle of the Atlantic.



Details

Official Website:
Twin Brothers |

Release Date: 10 February 1982

Filming Locations: Atlantic Ocean



Box Office Details

Budget: $14,000,000

(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $26,994
(USA)
(14 February 1982)
(2 Screens)

Gross: $73,482,661
(Worldwide)
(except USA)



Technical Specs

Runtime:


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(director's cut)
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(uncut version)



Did You Know?

Trivia:

The poem Lt. Werner cites when the submarine stuck in the Strait of Gibraltar is "Schlacht – Das Maß" from Rudolf G. Binding ("Einmal vor Unerbittlichem stehen…").

Goofs:

Revealing mistakes:
When the allied destroyer attacks, there are underwater shots showing the hull from below. The depiction of the fluid flow in these shots is incorrect. The waves around the hull move way too fast, revealing it's a ship model of smaller dimensions than a full-scale ship.

Quotes:

Lt. Werner:
What's going on? Why are we diving?

2nd Lieutenant:
Hydrophone check. At sea, even in a storm you can hear more down here than you can see up there.



User Review

Take it from a real submariner-

Rating: 10/10

on modern "boats" life isn't easy- but compared to the living hell that
the
German U-Boats were, modern submariners have nothing to complain
about.
People in certain professions don't like to watch movies about those
professions (Doctors and Nurses shy away from hospital dramas, for
example).
Submarine sailors are different. We love to watch every submarine movie
ever
made, from "Run Silent, Run Deep" and "Destination: Tokyo" to "The Hunt
For
Red October", "Crimson Tide" and "U-571". Why? Because we can always use a
good laugh. For those in the know, submarine movies are usually absolutely
hilarious.
Except this one.
After being in the Navy for four years, serving with around 350 different
men, and being acquainted with a further 200-300, all of them submarine
sailors, I think that I can state with absolute certainty that this film
is
the ONLY submarine movie that ALL submariners take seriously.
And that is the highest praise a movie like this can possibly
get.