The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Klaus Wennemann ...
Hubertus Bengsch ...
1st Lieutenant - Number One-1WO
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2nd Lieutenant - 2WO
Bernd Tauber ...
Kriechbaum - Chief Quartermaster-Navigator
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Johann
Martin May ...
Ullman
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Hinrich (as Heinz Hönig)
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Chief Bosun
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Ralf Richter ...
Frenssen (as Ralph Richter)
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Preacher
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Storyline

It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so-called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy British shipping. With better escorts of the destroyer class, however, German U-boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of the crew of one such U-Boat, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers and attempted to accomplish impossible missions, all the while attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Wenn Jäger zu Gejagten werden. See more »


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Rated R for some war violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 February 1982 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,369 (USA) (4 April 1997)

Gross:

$11,433,134 (USA) (25 April 1997)
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| (director's cut) | (VHS) | (special uncut DVD) | (Original Uncut Version)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The full-scale model was little more than a hollow shell with an engine, and could be used only in calm waters. While it was being filmed in rougher weather, it cracked in two and sank. It was later recovered, patched with wood planks and used for the final shots. See more »

Goofs

In a rather famous sequence of the movie/TV-series, Bootsmann Lamprecht (Uwe Ochsenknecht's character) informs the crew that their football-team (Schalke 04) had just lost 5:0 and was "out of the running" (in a non-specified competition). Given the time-frame of the movie (early Oct. to 24 Dec. 1941), this is historically wrong. While the German national championship during this time used a KO-system in its final stages (unlike today), the final for the 40/41-season was held in June '41 and that of the 41/42-season in July '42. Neither date fits the time-frame of the movie and in any case, Schalke made it to both finals (losing in 40/41 and winning in 41/42) - so they never got eliminated in either season. In fact, Schalke was such a dominant team during this time, that they only lost a single match (the final) during the entire 40/41 league-championship. The only other competition they could be talking about is the German Cup ("Tschammerpokal") of 1941, whose semi-finals and final fit the time-frame (12 Oct and 2 Nov, respectively). However: In that competition, Schalke won their semi-final (6:0) and only lost in the final (2:1 against Dresdner SC). See more »

Quotes

[the crew has finished resupplying, so fresh food is everywhere]
Kriechbaum: Hey! Move this stuff now! Clear the map! I can't navigate on bananas!
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Danger!! Death Ray (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Parlez-moi d'Amour
(uncredited)
Music by Jean Lenoir
Lyrics by Jean Lenoir
Performed by Lucienne Boyer
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Packing, genuinely, overwhelming!
25 January 2000 | by (Marburg, Germany) – See all my reviews

Using the term 'authenticity' in connection with any kind of art is rather difficult and daring as well. Sometimes it looks posed or is by certain purposes manipulated. Referring to Petersen´s "Das Boot" however, I consider it justified to call it authentic and true. I think this statement can be strengthened mainly by the fact that Lothar Gunther Buchheim was consulted. He composed the novel this breathtaking movie bases on and he himself was employed as a war correspondent in the Second World War.

The entire plot has no weak points. Starting at "Bar Royal" at the very night before the forces living journey of the submarine crew begins, the director fittingly manages to confront the audience with the protagonists and their way of dealing with the pounding uncertainty. Once put to sea, the character of the scenes changes abruptly. Every member of the crew and the audience as well comes into very close contact with the tightness of the action space. At this point it is necessary to underline the excellent work of the cameramen. The fast and partial hectic cuts draw an exact picture of the drama on board. Too do not forget the outstanding lighting. However besides this abundance of obvious suspense, there are also a number of moments going into in-depth psychology and thoughtfulness. To outline only a few of them: At "Bar Royal", when the chief engineer reflects about the uncertain fate of his family, or when the captain, with a kind of 'Weltschmerz' in his eyes, is astound and proud of the unbelievable efforts of the crew. It would probably be too laborious to refer to the decisive symbols the director uses, therefore I recommend this movie to everybody, especially those who are interested in the Second World War.

It presumably sounds pretty weird, yet I suppose that mankind gladly participates on the misfortune of others, without being closely involved with it. This closing notion may account for the huge success of this movie.>


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