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The Enemy Below (1957)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 8 January 1958 (Japan)
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During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are experts, and so begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.



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Complete credited cast:
Capt. Murrell
Von Stolberg (as Curt Jurgens)
Lt. Ware (as Al Hedison)


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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8 January 1958 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Duell im Atlantik  »

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(Westrex Recording System)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length = ~8.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.3 seconds. See more »


When the first radar echo is detected, and it is classed as possibly a submarine, the captain doesn't want to spook the (possible) sub into a 'crash dive'. In reality, there is no such thing as a 'crash dive', all dives are performed quickly, as it's good practice. See more »


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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Opening credits prologue: WORLD WAR II THE SOUTH ATLANTIC See more »


Referenced in Crimson Tide (1995) See more »


Ich hatt' einen Kameraden
(My Comrade) (uncredited)
Music by Friedrich Silcher (1825)
Lyrics from the poem by Ludwig Uhland (1809)
Arranged by Leigh Harline
Sung at the funeral
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Good Story and Great Action
4 December 2003 | by (Nashua, NH) – See all my reviews

The best feature of this movie is thorough character development, and good action. Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens are terrific as two similar captains. The action is kept at a high level as they both one up each others tactical moves without losing the human element of the story.

They don't make many like these anymore.

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