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The Enemy Below (1957)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 8 January 1958 (Japan)
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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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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The death battle of the sub-killer and the killer-sub !


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8 January 1958 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Obračun na Atlantiku  »

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$1,910,000 (estimated)
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Film debut of David Hedison (credied as Al Hedison). See more »

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When the destroyer re-engages the sub after completing the triangle it drops a depth charge pattern and the sub turns left. The captain calls, "Left standard rudder," and the exec repeats, "Right standard rudder," down the comms tube. See more »

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Doctor: Remember our talk on the bridge - the weighty one, death and destruction? You might be interested to know that I've seen another reason for hope. Found it in a funny place, too... in the middle of an ocean, right in the middle of a war.
Captain Murrell: You had to come a long way to find it, though, didn't you, Doc?
Doctor: It was worth the trip.
Captain Murrell: Maybe.
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Opening credits prologue: WORLD WAR II THE SOUTH ATLANTIC See more »


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So leben wir alle Tage
(Drinking Song) (uncredited)
Traditional German folksong sung to the tune of the "Dessauer Marsch"
English lyrics by Charles Henderson
Sung by Curd Jürgens and the crew of the U-Boat
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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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