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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 overview, first billed only:
Klaus Wennemann ...
Hubertus Bengsch ...
1st Lieutenant - Number One-1WO
Martin Semmelrogge ...
2nd Lieutenant - 2WO
Bernd Tauber ...
Kriechbaum - Chief Quartermaster-Navigator
Erwin Leder ...
Martin May ...
Heinz Hoenig ...
Hinrich (as Heinz Hönig)
Chief Bosun
Claude-Oliver Rudolph ...
Ralf Richter ...
Frenssen (as Ralph Richter)
Joachim Bernhard ...
Oliver Stritzel ...


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>

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Eine Reise ans Ende des Verstandes See more »


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


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$11,433,134 (USA) (25 April 1997)

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut) | (VHS) | (special uncut DVD)

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the scene when the boat returns to La Rochelle, most of the extras in and around the sub pen were French. Wolfgang Peterson stated that he, the crew, and the main cast members could feel the tension in the air, as there was still some lingering resentment towards Germany over their treatment by the Nazis during the war. But he also said they did an outstanding job when the time came to film the British air raid on the harbor. See more »


When two crewmen get up to get to their stations, they clearly go around the cameraman who is blocking the entrance to the torpedo room. See more »


[U-96 is heading towards a nearby convoy contact]
Captain: [to Werner] More than 30 freighters! Berthold better not attack now. It's best to stay close and wait until the other boats arrive. For me, there is nothing finer than a submarine... and sailboats. There are no lines more beautiful than that of a sailboat. I sailed on a three-masted schooner once. Wonderful ship. Roomy. It had holds as big as churches!
[the Captain and Werner laugh]
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Referenced in Futurama: Fun on a Bun (2012) See more »


Parlez-Moi D'Amour
(Speak to Me of Love)
Performed by Lucienne Boyer
Written by Jean Lenoir
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User Reviews

Gripping, Compelling, Intense, Suspenseful, Realistic
29 July 2004 | by See all my reviews

"Das Boot" is a classic. This film couldn't be more intense and emotionally draining. It is a work of genius. Jurgen Prochnaw gives a spectacular performance as the German U-Boat Captain. The acting is first rate as the cast of characters is as realistic and believable as it gets. Don't watch this film unless you are absolutely prepared to immerse yourself into the drama of life as a crewman aboard a German submarine during war. This is a very rare portrayal of battle through the eyes of our enemy and will actually have you cheering for the "bad guys" at times. This is a one of a kind movie that must be seen to be believed. Words in a review cannot describe the experience of "Das Boot." A tremendous film! A 12 on a scale of 10!

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