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Das Boot (1981)

R  |   |  Adventure, Drama, War  |  10 February 1982 (USA)
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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
Martin Semmelrogge ...
2nd Lieutenant - 2WO
Bernd Tauber ...
Kriechbaum - Chief Quartermaster-Navigator
Erwin Leder ...
Johann
Martin May ...
Ullman
Heinz Hoenig ...
Hinrich (as Heinz Hönig)
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Chief Bosun
Claude-Oliver Rudolph ...
Ario
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Ralf Richter ...
Frenssen (as Ralph Richter)
Joachim Bernhard ...
Preacher
Oliver Stritzel ...
Schwalle
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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 one such U-Boat crew, 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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40 000 men were sent out on German U-boats... 30 000 never returned See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)| (original release)| (director's cut)

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(Fujicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Wolfgang Petersen set out to cut down the German TV mini series version of the film to the 3 hour 26 feature director's cut, he discovered that the original music soundtrack had been lost due to film melt. Original soundtrack composer Klaus Doldinger painstakingly archived all the original soundtrack and remixed all the music cues that had been melted in 6 track format. Music editors then had the unenviable task of re-cutting the music to fit the new feature length of the film. See more »

Goofs

When the planes are attacking the harbor, a charge that is meant to simulate the explosion of a bomb dropped from the sky is visible on the water in a wide shot. See more »

Quotes

Captain: [Captain looks at the birds overhead] Damn beasts!
[Discovers the watchman's yawning]
Captain: Nay Nay Nay
The Crew: Excuse me, Captain.
Captain: If you can't handle it, don't do it.
[pause]
Captain: Were you part of it? Fireboat drill?
The Crew: [hesitate] Yes, captain.
Captain: [Smile] At least you can aim.
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Referenced in American Dad!: She Swill Survive (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Parlez-Moi D'Amour
(Speak to Me of Love)
(uncredited)
Performed by Lucienne Boyer
Written by Jean Lenoir
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Nearly four hours long, and never a dull moment!
16 October 2004 | by (Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this film I could not take my eyes from it. I was mesmerized with the transition of a hearty young crew leaving port evolving as the sheer moments of terror (deep under water battles and personal struggles as well as the final scene) lead them all to rethink their actual cause, and their very own mortality (as well as our own in the perils of war!). I can't imagine another film actually displaying what it must have been like to be on one of Nazi Germany's U-boats - young nationalist boys being plucked from their mother's bosom and cast into the claustrophobic iron wolfs in the heat and height of the second world war, who begin to doubt the cause and victory of the fuhrer they've been taught to love and trust. Very colorful, contrasting characters and a script and plot thick with surprises and emotional drama/trauma. Top-notch direction, action, acting and sets. This is perhaps the greatest movie ever made in my opinion. Sorry I couldn't be more specific with the review, there is just too much to cover without spoiling anything for those yet to enjoy it, and thus I just highly recommend it to anybody, not just war movie buffs. I have seen both the regular version and the director's cut (which I own on DVD now) and I must say that the DC is superior. A masterpiece!


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