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24 February 1985 (West Germany) See more »
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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Jürgen Prochnow ... Der Alte (unknown episodes)

Series Directed by
Wolfgang Petersen (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Lothar G. Buchheim (unknown episodes)
Wolfgang Petersen (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Günter Rohrbach .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Klaus Doldinger (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
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)
Jost Vacano (unknown episodes)
Egil S. Woxholt (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Hannes Nikel (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Willy Schlenter (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Götz Weidner (unknown episodes)
Rolf Zehetbauer (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Monika Bauert (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Alfred Rasche .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Ago von Sperl .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Rüdiger von Sperl .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marie-Antoinette Petersen .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Karl Baumgartner .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Sati Tooray .... colorist (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Isabel Goslar .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)

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Germany:50 min (6 episodes) | USA:293 min (DVD)
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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 »
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Referenced in Indiana Jones: Making the Trilogy (2003) (V)See more »


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21 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Epic Naval Drama, 12 September 2009
Author: freemantle_uk from United Kingdom

Das Boot is considered by many one of the best war films ever made. They have been a number of versions, the theatrical cut and the director's cut. The film was financed by German television and the director Wolfgang Petersen converted it into a 6 hour mini-series. The DVD is an epic 4 hour 42 minutes, cut in a seamless fashion.

Das Boot is a rare film, a film that tells a story of World War II from the German perspective. It shows the mission of U-96 in the winter of 1941 when the Battle of the Atlantic is turning towards Britain's favour. Britain is using the convoy system, having more supplies from the American merchant navy and the Britain navy is getting better armed, so starving the nation seems hopeless. The crew are on a simple mission of trying to sink as many British ships as possible whilst avoiding British patrol planes and destroyers, a very tough think to do. The focus of Das Boot is on the experienced war weary captain (Jürgen Prochnow) and Lieutenant Werner (Herbert Grönemeyer), a young war corespondent for the German military and an outside to their world. All the characters are individuals, treated with respected, even the only character who is a Nazi is treated like a human being. This is a complex drama about the moral of warfare and the collective spirit of serving in a submarine. It is a tough world where young men are serving in one of the most dangerous fields of war during World War II. This a conflict where they are long moments of boredom in a close environment. This can lead to conflict within the crew. Whilst when the U-Boat does find a convoy it can be a massive struggle between life and death for the whole crew.

Das Boot is clearly Wolfgang Petersen best work. He shows the claustrophobic environment of what a U-Boat would have been like. It is a noisy environment, and it can lead to conflict within the crew, but also the crew are also close and have to be because they depend on each other. As well as the moments of boredom to show character development and debate the war, Petersen also knew when to add the tension and made Das Boot an instance experience. He also showed his skill with action. Wolfgang Petersen focused on character development, unlike his Hollywood films. He does not villainize either the British or German navies, or the people who fought in the war. Despite Das Boot is based on a fictional novel, it is one of the most accurate portrayal of naval warfare during World War II.

Das Boot has a very 80s score to it, using modern instruments, which surprisingly works, adding to the imagines. I personally would have gone for a more classical score, but that's just me.

A must see.

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