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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
2nd Lieutenant - 2WO
Bernd Tauber ...
Kriechbaum - Chief Quartermaster-Navigator
Martin May ...
Hinrich (as Heinz Hönig)
Chief Bosun
Claude-Oliver Rudolph ...
Ralf Richter ...
Frenssen (as Ralph Richter)
Joachim Bernhard ...


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 <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Hitler sent out 40,000 men aboard German U-Boats during World War 2. Less than 10,000 returned. See more »

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)  »

Also Known As:

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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) | (Original Uncut Version)

Sound Mix:

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Unusually for a major motion picture, was filmed largely in sequence. See more »


When Lt. Werner (War Correspondent) is looking through pictures from one of the other officers family in the snow, you are shown the current picture he looking at. He clearly turns over to view the next picture, only to see the same picture again. See more »


Captain: April fool. Practice makes perfect.
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Music by Dino Olivieri
Italian lyrics by Nino Rastelli
French lyrics by Louis Poterat
Performed by Rina Ketty
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User Reviews

Nerve racking
18 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

Das Boot is one of the most emotionally involving movies I have ever seen. The characters are developed richly, without those awkward moments in movies when you realize that the director is doing so. You sympathize with the crew, and FEEL their plight as they struggle, cramped in a rickety U-boat against the odds. At times the movie grows slow and drawn out, but that is intentional- to make you feel like you are trapped in an underwater coffin with nothing to do, no where to go. The directing is great, the sound is fabulous! I've never heard faint noises tell a story like this before.

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