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Das Boot (1981)

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

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Wolfgang Petersen (screenplay), Lothar G. Buchheim (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jürgen Prochnow ... Capt.-Lt. Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock - Der Alte
Herbert Grönemeyer ... Lt. Werner - Correspondent
Klaus Wennemann Klaus Wennemann ... Chief Engineer Fritz Grade - Der Leitende-Der LI
Hubertus Bengsch Hubertus Bengsch ... 1st Lieutenant - Number One-1WO
Martin Semmelrogge ... 2nd Lieutenant - 2WO
Bernd Tauber ... Kriechbaum - Chief Quartermaster-Navigator
Erwin Leder ... Johann
Martin May Martin May ... Ullman
Heinz Hoenig ... Hinrich (as Heinz Hönig)
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Chief Bosun
Claude-Oliver Rudolph ... Ario
Jan Fedder ... Pilgrim
Ralf Richter Ralf Richter ... Frenssen (as Ralph Richter)
Joachim Bernhard ... Preacher
Oliver Stritzel ... Schwalle
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Storyline

It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so-called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy British shipping. With better escorts of the destroyer class, however, German U-boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of the crew of one such U-Boat, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers and attempted to accomplish impossible missions, all the while attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some war violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The real first watch officer of U-96 ("Number One") was Gerhard Groth, who was born in 1917 and immigrated to Mexico as a young boy. As with his character in the film, Groth returned to Germany in the late 1930s and joined the Navy just prior to the outbreak of World War II. He was a U-boat flotilla staff officer before joining his first submarine, U-96, as 2nd Watch Officer. He was promoted to 1st Watch Officer in October 1941 and in April 1942 became Captain of his own boat, U-143. He would serve on three boats as commander before the end of World,War II, after which he returned to Mexico City. See more »

Goofs

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. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain: Out boatswain's mate. Been on quite a bender tonight.
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Alternate Versions

A 293-minute version touted as the "original uncut version" and released on DVD in the US in 2004 is actually the original German television miniseries version. This previously aired in the U.S. on cable television's Encore channel. See more »

Connections

Edited from Battle of Britain (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Sing Nachtigall Sing
(uncredited)
Written by Michael Jary and Bruno Balz
Performed by Evelyn Künneke
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Nearly four hours long, and never a dull moment!
16 October 2004 | by st_soulboySee all my reviews

The first time I saw this film I could not take my eyes from it. I was mesmerized with the transition of a hearty young crew leaving port evolving as the sheer moments of terror (deep under water battles and personal struggles as well as the final scene) lead them all to rethink their actual cause, and their very own mortality (as well as our own in the perils of war!). I can't imagine another film actually displaying what it must have been like to be on one of Nazi Germany's U-boats - young nationalist boys being plucked from their mother's bosom and cast into the claustrophobic iron wolfs in the heat and height of the second world war, who begin to doubt the cause and victory of the fuhrer they've been taught to love and trust. Very colorful, contrasting characters and a script and plot thick with surprises and emotional drama/trauma. Top-notch direction, action, acting and sets. This is perhaps the greatest movie ever made in my opinion. Sorry I couldn't be more specific with the review, there is just too much to cover without spoiling anything for those yet to enjoy it, and thus I just highly recommend it to anybody, not just war movie buffs. I have seen both the regular version and the director's cut (which I own on DVD now) and I must say that the DC is superior. A masterpiece!


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Official Sites:

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Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

10 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boat See more »

Filming Locations:

Bodensee, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,994, 14 February 1982

Gross USA:

$11,487,676

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,487,676
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (video) | (Original Uncut Version) | (Original Uncut Mini-Series Version)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (director's cut)| Dolby Stereo (original release)| SDDS (director's cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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