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The Enemy Below (1957)

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During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are good ones, and the engagement lasts for a considerable time.

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During World War II, the USS Haynes, an American destroyer escort discovers a German U-boat in the South Atlantic. A deadly duel between the two ships ensues, and Captain Murrell must draw upon all his experience to defeat the equally experienced German commander. Written by Linda Adams <Garridon@aol.com>

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Duell im Atlantik  »

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Some of D.A. Rayner's wartime submarine adventures and experiences which appeared in his 'The Enemy Below' source novel to this movie and were adapted into this picture's story as well can be researched in Rayner's other book, 'Escort: the Battle of the Atlantic', particularly the 11 November 1944 Southern Ireland encounter between U-1200 and Allied corvettes (See pp. 224-228). See more »

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The DE has doctor onboard. A doctor was not part of the standard compliment of destroyer escorts. See more »

Quotes

Kunz: He gets more accurate, Herr Kapitan. He will tear us apart the next time.
Von Stolberg: What do you suggest, Kunz?
Kunz: Surface, Herr Kapitan. Surrender.
Von Stolberg: Holem?
Von Holem: I am not concerned, Herr Kapitan.
Von Stolberg: Schwaffer?
'Heinie' Schwaffer: I say go on.
Von Stolberg: Mueller, what is the condition of the ship?
Mueller: We have not yet been hurt.
Kunz: But we cannot escape!
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Ich hatt' einen Kameraden
Music by Friedrich Silcher (1825)
Lyrics from the poem by Ludwig Uhland (1809)
Sung at the funeral
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Entertaining and educational.
21 October 2004 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

What's really impressive about this movie is the photography. When you see Robert Mitchum actually standing on the deck of a destroyer with depth charges going off behind it, you know somebody went to a lot of trouble to get all this on film. That destroyer is no movie set. You'll find very few backdrops and special effects here except for underwater shots of the enemy U-boat, and even those are above average. It all seems ahead of its time somehow, the brilliant color footage, the musical score, and the attention to detail.

The Enemy Below is a fascinating study of WW2 anti-submarine warfare. Although the ending is a little corny, the anti-war message is timeless and quite appropriate. Especially now (Oct. 2004) as America is being dragged into another real conflict. It's certainly worth a look.


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