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24 February 1985 (West Germany) See more »
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Plot:
A World War II German U-Boat crew have a terrifying patrol mission in the early days of the war. Full summary »
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3 wins See more »
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Thinly Disguised Memoir Which Gives Even Greater Credability See more (17 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 27 of 28)

Jürgen Prochnow ... Der Alte (6 episodes, 1985-1987)

Herbert Grönemeyer ... Leutnant Werner (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Klaus Wennemann ... Leitender Ingenieur (LI) (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Hubertus Bengsch ... Erster Wachoffizier (I WO) (6 episodes, 1985-1987)

Martin Semmelrogge ... Zweiter Wachoffizier (II WO) (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Bernd Tauber ... Obersteuermann (6 episodes, 1985-1987)

Erwin Leder ... Johann, das Gespenst (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Martin May ... Ullmann (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Heinz Hoenig ... Hinrich (6 episodes, 1985-1987)

Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Bootsmann (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Claude-Oliver Rudolph ... Ario (6 episodes, 1985-1987)

Jan Fedder ... Pilgrim (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ralf Richter ... Frenssen (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Joachim Bernhard ... Bibelforscher (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Oliver Stritzel ... Schwalle (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Konrad Becker ... Bockstiegel (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Lutz Schnell ... Dufte (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Martin Hemme ... Brueckenwilli (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Wilhelm Pietsch ... Franz (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Helmut Neumeier ... Schmutt (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Dirk Salomon ... Markus (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jean-Claude Hoffmann ... Benjamin (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Arno Kral ... Hagen (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Maryline Moulard ... Françoise (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Rita Cadillac ... Monique (6 episodes, 1985-1987)

Otto Sander ... Thomsen (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Günter Lamprecht ... Kapitän 'Weser' (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
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Series Directed by
Wolfgang Petersen (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Writing credits
Lothar G. Buchheim (6 episodes, 1985-1987)
Wolfgang Petersen (6 episodes, 1985-1987)

Series Produced by
Lutz Hengst .... executive producer (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Günter Rohrbach .... producer (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Original Music by
Klaus Doldinger (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Cinematography by
Jost Vacano (5 episodes, 1985-1987)

Gerhard Fromm (unknown episodes)
Leander R. Loosen (unknown episodes)
Peter Maiwald (unknown episodes)
Ernst Schmid (unknown episodes)
Ernst Stritzinger (unknown episodes)
Wolfgang Treu (unknown episodes)
Egil S. Woxholt (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
Hannes Nikel (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Casting by
Willy Schlenter (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Production Design by
Götz Weidner (unknown episodes)
Rolf Zehetbauer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Götz Weidner (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Rolf Zehetbauer (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Costume Design by
Monika Bauert (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Makeup Department
Alfred Rasche .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ago von Sperl .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Rüdiger von Sperl .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Production Management
Jürgen Bieske .... unit manager (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Michael Bittins .... production manager (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Kurt von Vietinghoff .... unit manager (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marie-Antoinette Petersen .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Art Department
Georg Borgel .... art associate (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Rudolf Braun .... construction crew (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Knud Christiansen .... construction crew (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Peter Dürst .... props (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Erhard Hose .... construction crew (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Pius Hüngerl .... construction crew (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Monika Moritz .... props (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Kurt Musegg .... construction crew (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Bernhard Neureiter .... construction crew (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Walter E. Richarz .... construction manager (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Heinz Schäfer .... construction crew (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Joseph Teppert .... construction crew (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Friedrich Thaler .... painter (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Philipp von Seil .... construction manager (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Rüdiger Wagner .... props (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Sound Department
Günter Blumhagen .... assistant sound mixer (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Peter Bond .... sound editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Milan Bor .... sound mixer (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Werner Böhm .... sound master (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Eva Claudius .... dialogue editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Illo Endrulat .... dialogue editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Peter Horrocks .... sound editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Hans-Walter Kramski .... foley artist (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Mike Le Mare .... sound effects editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Stanislav Litera .... sound master (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Trevor Pyke .... assistant sound mixer (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Heinz Schürer .... sound master (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Karola Storr .... sound editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Karsten Ullrich .... sound master (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Albrecht von Bethmann .... sound master (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Special Effects by
Heinrich Bader .... mechanical engineer (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Karl Baumgartner .... special effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Max Gretmann .... special effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Fritz Kirschke .... special effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Nick Middleton .... special effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Willi Neuner .... special effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Michael Strohhofer .... special effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Thomas Gitt .... front projection (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jan Jacobsen .... front projection (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jörg M. Kunsdorff .... optical effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Gerhard Neumeier .... technical effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Theo Nischwitz .... front projection (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Hans Nothof .... technical effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Oliver Nothof .... technical effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Alfred Schallmeier .... technical effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Erwin Schnetzer .... technical effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Sebastian Schwerte .... optical effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Rudolf Roemmelt .... optical effects (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Andrew .... assistant camera (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Stan Andrew .... assistant camera (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Horst Becker .... assistant camera (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jürgen Bretzinger .... assistant camera (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Rudi Denk .... lighting technician (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Iko Dimitri .... lighting technician (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Hermann Fahr .... assistant camera (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Gerhard Fromm .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Frank Heinig .... assistant camera (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Leander R. Loosen .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Peter Maiwald .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Mike Rutter .... assistant camera (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ludwig Sauermann .... key grip (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Franz Schlammer .... lighting technician (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ernst Stritzinger .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Wolfgang Treu .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Robert Wiesmann .... assistant camera (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ernst Wild .... camera effects (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Egil S. Woxholt .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Willi Zopf .... lighting technician (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ernst Schmid .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hans Diessbacher .... wardrobe (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Karin Geuer .... wardrobe (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Siegi Haubold .... wardrobe (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Karl-Heinz Stempel .... wardrobe (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Editorial Department
Carola Brandes .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Eva Claudius .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Renate Liapaki .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Marc Liesendahl .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Lisa Lössl .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Babette Nischwitz .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Lilli von Otting .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Doris Wutz .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Susanne Nischwitz-Blössl .... assistant editor (4 episodes, 1985-1987)
Claudia Schumann .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
Angelika Siegmeier .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 1985-1987)

Sati Tooray .... colorist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Alan Willis .... music editor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
 
Series Other crew
Jan-Michael Brandt .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Karl Böhm .... advisor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Arlette Danis .... french crew member (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Philippe Dussart .... french crew member (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Nicole Front .... french crew member (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Isabel Goslar .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Achim Krug .... advisor (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jean Lara .... french crew member (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
Ingrid von Anka .... production secretary (5 episodes, 1985-1987)
 

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Runtime:
Germany:50 min (6 episodes) | USA:293 min (DVD)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The cast was deliberately kept indoors continually during the shooting period in order to look as pale as a real submarine crew would on a mission at sea.See more »
Movie Connections:
Edited from Das Boot (1981)See more »

23 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Thinly Disguised Memoir Which Gives Even Greater Credability, 7 April 2012
Author: charles-338-262574 from United States

I researched German U-Boats for many years, interviewed surviving crew as well as current day German naval officers. I read at least 100 books on U-Boats. I did this to research my novel, An Honorable German, a World War Two naval epic told from the point of view of a heroic yet deeply conflicted German naval officer, published in 2009. I say this to establish my credibility to write the following review.

Das Boot is based on the novel of the same name which is a thinly disguised memoir by the author, Lothar Gunther Buchheim. This imparts an authenticity to the film often lacking in many war films. The author of the novel was actually aboard the U-Boat on several war patrols. The IMDb lists the German actor Jürgen Prochnow as playing Capt.-Lt. Henrich Lehmann- Willenbrock, the actual commander of U- 96 and 6th highest scoring U-Boat ace of the war when Buchheim was aboard and not the fictitious commander of the U-boat always referred to as the "Old Man."

I would strongly recommend that you watch the movie in the original German with English subtitles rather than the version dubbed into English. You get a far better feel for life aboard a German U-Boat when the men are speaking in German and you hear the urgency in the voices of the actors as it would have been in real life.

Buchheim was a war correspondent working for the German Propaganda Ministry (all war correspondents in the Third Reich worked for the Propaganda Ministry) and in that capacity he went on two war patrols

aboard the actual German U-Boat, U-96.

I can say with every assurance that this film is an accurate description of daily life aboard a German U-Boat in World War Two we will ever see. But even more important, this film depicts the horror and terror of war in the most compelling way possible. To me, no other war film comes as close to Das Boot in depicting both the boredom and terror of war.

The film is extremely accurate in its depiction of the foulness of everyday life aboard a German U-Boat. None of the boats had bathing facilities so the men could never clean themselves except with a bucket of salt water from the ocean. Nor could they wash their uniforms, of which they were only allowed two while on board.They had special salt water soap but all that did was irritate the skin.

Boils, rashes and skin infections of all kinds were common among U- Boat crews. Fresh water was strictly rationed and none could be spared for bathing. The men did receive a cup of water each day for brushing their teeth and cleaning their face etc but most were so thirsty from strict water rationing that they just drank the cup of water.

Food grew slimy and green with mold as shown in the movie and there was such limited storage space that sausages really did hang down in the compartments as shown in the film. Fresh food only lasted a few days and the rest of their food came from cans.Because of the rocking of the boat and monotonous diet, the men developed constipation.

Unlike American submarines in World War Two, German submarines had no air conditioning or heat (except for so small portable heaters). The boat took on the temperature of the water outside the hull so you can imagine how uncomfortable this must have been. Ventilating the boat was very difficult and many crewmen developed lung problems.

When the movie first appeared in Germany in 1981, it was vilified by many surviving U-boat crewmen. Small details were pounced on and men said "we didn't have that on my U-Boat" which is sort of meaningless since no U-Boats were equipped exactly the same. What is more interesting about the vilification of the movie, which gave it immense publicity in Germany, is that the former commander of U-96, Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, was on the set everyday advising the actors and the director. The "old man" had survived the war and in what must have been a surrealistic experience, he later helped put the movie together and coached Jürgen Prochnow how to play Lehmann-Willenbrock, that is, himself.

Another high scoring U-boat ace, Erich Topp, advised on the movie as well. Those who criticize the film usually fail to point this out. This was one of the first movies to use the technique of hand-held cameras to give the viewer a sense of the movement of the boat and the men. This technique had become ubiquitous today and in my opinion overdone.

This film is an incredible work of art and is, in my opinion, the greatest war film ever made. There is no "sugar coating". The brutality and randomness of war are shown without any attempt to make them "pretty." If you are only going to watch one war movie in your life, then watch this one.

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