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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 ...
Olga Tschechowa ...
Die Fürstin
Richard Häussler ...
German U-Boat Fleet Commander
Raidar Müller-Elmau ...
Leut.Bluhm (as Raidar Müller)
Ernst Reinhold ...
Matthias Fuchs ...
Horst Naumann ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dieter Borsche ...
Pfarrer Kille
Peter Carsten
Michael Cramer
Claus-Jürgen Daehn


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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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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It is a film that deserves to be and teaches us another vision of reality.
28 December 2011 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

"U47 - Prien Kapitänleutnant" is an interesting black and white film about World War II at sea and from the German point of view.

It tells the story of Captain Günther Prien submarine, one of the best commanders of U-boats that had Nazi Germany during World War II, was decorated by Hitler Adolft the Knight's Cross, one of his top military awards have entered the bay of Scapa Flow and sinking the British battleship HMS Royal Oak. Note that some of the scenes are authentic, taken from documentaries of the time No such vitality that they have many Great War films produced in the U.S., except the first where Prien, receives the mission to penetrate Scapa Flow and torpedoed the maximum number of British ships of war.

The film is made by Germans after the war, who tried to already in the fifties, improve the image of many great German heroes, and clearly de-link the crimes of war committed with premeditation and brutally by the Nazis. Therefore, this film about marine and hero Commander Prien, presents him as unaware of the Nazi persecution of Jews or prison camps where they were exterminated. On the other hand tells the gallant warrior of the sea in command of a submarine formidable to his enemies, his nature as a great many ships sank military war and also British temperament and masterly honest leader who knew how to command and enforced, both by their subordinates as their commanders, a man who loves his family, but opted for the generous sacrifice and instead settle for a good position on the ground and stay with the warmth of his beloved wife, in solidarity with the destination and the fate of its crew and embarked with them until his death.

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