U-571April 21, 2000
A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.
Release Year: 2000
Rating: 6.5/10 (39,850 voted)
Critic's Score: 62/100
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel
In the midst of World War II, the battle below the seas rages. The Nazi's have the upper edge as the Allies are unable to crack their war codes. That is, until a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, and the Allies realise this is their chance to seize the 'enigma coding machine'. But masquerading as Nazi's and taking over the U-boat is the smallest of their problems. The action really begins when they get stranded on the U-boat.
Writers: Jonathan Mostow, Jonathan Mostow
Lt. Andrew Tyler
Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren
CPO Henry Klough
Jon Bon Jovi
Lt. Pete Emmett
Maj. Matthew Coonan
Capt.-Lt. Gunther Wassner
Seaman Bill Wentz
Seaman Ted 'Trigger' Fitzgerald
Seaman Ronald 'Rabbit' Parker
Terrence 'T.C.' Carson
Steward Eddie Carson
Seaman Anthony Mazzola
Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens
Seaman Herb Griggs
Ens. Keith Larson
You won't come up for air until it's over!
Release Date: 21 April 2000
Filming Locations: Cinecittà Studios, Cinecittà, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $19,553,310
(23 April 2000)
(16 July 2000)
Did You Know?
This movie represents one of a select group of a few World War II submarine movies which have won the one single Academy Award in a technical category, that's just only the one Oscar in either special effects or sound editing. These movies include
The Enemy Below;
Torpedo Run and
U-571. The non-WW II sub-movie,
The Hunt for Red October also won just the one Oscar as did the WW 2 part sub-movie
49th Parallel, but for Best Original Story.
When Hirsch is briefing the crew of the S33 he is pointing things out on a chart. When you first see the chart table the only thing on it is a brown folder. In the close up you see the folder and a photograph of the Enigma machine. In the next shot you see the complete table again but only the folder is on it again. Hirsch then pulls the photos out of the folder.
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler:
If you can't take out that destroyer, the danger is not that some of us may die. It's that some of us may live. These men have seen and heard things that must not be revealed to the enemy – our secrets, such as our radar capabilities, and our understanding of German encryption. If we fall into German hands alive, we will be tortured without mercy. Either you succeed in sinking that ship, or you see to it that none of us survive to be captured.
Mel Brooks does Das Boot
This movie is another one in a long line of pro-U.S. war films. You know the
kind. Those are the films where north american soldiers are the only ones
capable of any wit, wisdom, intelligence and courage.
Unfortunately, by now the rest of the world is a bit brighter, and we know
that, really, Ben Affleck didn't save Great Britain from the Germans. There
is an undeniable and deep love and respect for all veterans and U.S.
soldiers that lost their lives in Europe during both World Wars from the
rest of the world, the kind of respect that only comes from defending an
ideal with their lives. It's Hollywood who is keen on destroying those
heroes' reputation by making them seem so superior as to be
In summary, this film is a parody of the amazing "Das Boot". It's quite
obvious that the same things will happen in any submarine: depth charges,
marine battles, etc. But U-571 makes everything seem sweet: there is no
claustrophobia, the crew gets along pretty well, they kill every german in
sight, and even a destroyer. Das Boot shows a destroyed boat, terribly
strained relationships, a sense of quiet desperation and resignation. Where
U-571 plays glorious fanfare, Das Boot counters with powerful silence. Where
Das Boot puts grime, U-571 substitutes pretty faces. Where Das Boot has
realism, U-571 doesn't.
But most insulting of all, where englishmen should have been, U-571 cleverly
substitutes them with U.S. soldiers. Oh, the nerve.
Bottom line: this movie makes for a great surround sound demo disc, or a
nice coaster. Hollywood is still clueless when it comes to making war
movies. If a future historian only had U.S. war movies to base history upon,
he would decidedly declare the rest of the world sub-human idiots, and the
U.S. civilization as a more evolved race.
A theory Hollywood debunks quite nicely.