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U47 - Kapitänleutnant Prien (1958)

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In 1939 at the outbreak of WW2 German U-boat captain Günther Prien and his crew receive orders to infiltrate the Royal Navy's primary base at Scapa Flow and sink the British battleship HMS Royal Oak.

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Credited cast:
Dieter Eppler ...
Kapitän Günther Prien
Sabine Sesselmann ...
Mrs. Ingeborg Prien
Joachim Fuchsberger ...
Oberleutnant Thomas Birkeneck
Harald Juhnke ...
Der Smut
Uta Hallant ...
Alwine
Olga Tschechowa ...
Die Fürstin
Richard Häussler ...
German U-Boat Fleet Commander
Raidar Müller-Elmau ...
Leut.Bluhm (as Raidar Müller)
Ernst Reinhold ...
Leut.Raufuss
Matthias Fuchs ...
Jörg
Horst Naumann ...
Ingenieur
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Dieter Borsche ...
Pfarrer Kille
Peter Carsten
Michael Cramer
Claus-Jürgen Daehn
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In 1939 at the outbreak of WW2 German U-boat captain Günther Prien and his crew receive orders to infiltrate the Royal Navy's primary base at Scapa Flow and sink the British battleship HMS Royal Oak.

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25 September 1958 (West Germany)  »

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U-47 Lt. Commander Prien  »

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German navy captain Günther Prien was commander of German submarine U-47.This film is loosely based on Prien's combat record while in command of submarine U-47.He became famous in 1939 for sinking the British battleship HMS Royal Oak during a daring night time raid against the Royal Navy's Home Fleet base at Scapa Flow,Scotland. See more »

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Not "the boat", still fun to watch
25 March 2002 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

Nothing in submarine war movies will ever get close to "Das Boot", that is for sure. This picture from the fifties takes a perpective partly based on the case of a "Kaleu" - a Kapitänleutnant who really existed and was used by german propaganda in ww2 for his courage and tactical creativity. It is a well done picture from these days, when other german war movies of the post-war period from today´s point of view had a lack of brilliance in both action and historical accuracy. This one has Dieter Eppler and Joachim Fuchsberger in it, struggling against inner and outer enemies. Dieter Borsche, playing a priest, tries to win Prien for "Wiederstand"-activities: the german resistance. A nice gimmick is Harald Juhnke, Germany´s number one entertainer in the 1980´s with a notorious drinking problem in real life, plays the "smutje", the cook in the submarine crew: Bigmouthed, always drunk and fun to watch.


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