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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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8 January 1958 (Japan)  »

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Duell im Atlantik  »

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This movie is based on the novel by D.A. Rayner and the book and it's dust-jacket can be seen at the beginning of one of this movie's trailers. See more »

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The dealer in the bridge game seems to finish with the player on his right. When dealing, the last card should go to the dealer. See more »

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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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So leben wir alle Tage
Traditional German folksong sung to the tune of the "Dessauer Marsch"
English lyrics written specially for The Enemy Below (1957)
Sung by Curd Jürgens and the crew of the U-Boat
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A pleasant surprise.
27 July 2003 | by (Rugby,UK.) – See all my reviews

A US Destroyer plays a deadly game of cat and mouse with a German U-Boat in the South Atlantic during World War Two.

Despite this film getting fairly regular screenings on UK TV over the years, I saw it for the first time in its entirity over the weekend. Considering the era in which it was made, I was pleasantly surprised by its straightforward story and solid production. Rather than have some superfluous romantic sub-plot dragging it down, it instead concentrates on the professionalism of those involved on both sides. Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens portray the opposing Captains impressively as men who take no pleasure in the prospect of killing, but carry out their jobs to the best of their considerable abilities. The supporting cast include Theodore Bikel, David Hedison and a very young looking Doug McClure.

A combination of good technical credits, sure handed direction, good acting and a sympathetic depiction of the German crew ensure that the film holds up very well today. It may not be 'Das Boot' but its certainly entertaining.


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