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U47 - Kapitänleutnant Prien (1958)

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In 1939 German U-boat captain Günther Prien receives orders to infiltrate the British Royal Navy base at Scapa Flow and sink British warships.

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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
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German U-Boat Fleet Commander
Raidar Müller-Elmau ...
Leut.Bluhm (as Raidar Müller)
Ernst Reinhold ...
Leut.Raufuss
Matthias Fuchs ...
Jörg
Horst Naumann ...
Ingenieur
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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 British Royal Navy base at Scapa Flow and sink British warships.Captain Prien's most prized targets of opportunity would,of course,be any major British battleship or battle cruiser.However, Prien is prepared to attack and sink any target of opportunity,including light cruisers,destroyers,mine-layers or transport ships.German intelligence suspects that some prized British warships are at Scapa Flow,including the famous British battleship HMS Royal Oak.Captain Prien receives his orders directly from Admiral Karl Dönitz,supreme German Naval Commander of the U-boat fleet.Prien and his crew are highly optimistic about their mission.Will their destiny be fulfilled in the Atlantic ? Written by nufs68

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A destiny fulfilled in the Atlantic.

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25 September 1958 (West Germany)  »

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U-47 Lt. Commander Prien  »

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German submarine U-47 was a VII B type U-boat built in 1937 in Kiel,Germany and commissioned in 1938 under captain Günther Prien's command.During its career U-47 sank 31 enemy vessels including the British battleship HMS Royal Oak at Scapa Flow on 14th of October 1939.In 1941 U-47 went missing and it's presumed to have been sunk by British warships.It had a crew of 47 officers and men. 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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