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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 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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This movie's closing epilogue states: "Twentieth Century-Fox wishes to thank the Department of Defense and the United States Navy for their assistance in the production of this motion picture." See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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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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GREAT WWII DE versus SUB MOVIE
22 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

This was a Great WWII DE versus Sub movie. One of the few movies that actually used proper Navy voice procedure and a radar with no sound.

I liked it better than "Run Silent, Run Deep" and "Dos Boot", though I liked both.

An almost perfect Navy movie with the one exception of always returning to course 140. If one as ever navigated or plotted via radar, you know that if you've vectored off course , e.g. zigzagged for any length of time, to get back on your original course, it would not be the same exact 140 as it started.

I can't wait for this movie to be released on DVD and in Wide Screen.




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