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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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The other side of the Battle of the Atlantic. 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)

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



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vigo is a coastal city in the Galician province in northern Spain. Two U-boats, U-506 and U-523, are reported to have been sunk near Vigo during the Second World War. See more »


The sawfish logo on the boat tower differs in shape between shots (full scale model leaving harbor in La Rochelle vs. smaller model during first emergency dive), most notably the mouth line of the fish is different. See more »


[Heinrich and two other crewmen carry Kriechbaum to the conning tower ladder]
Kriechbaum: Thank you, Heinrich.
Heinrich: Don't mention it. Look, the sun's still shining.
Heinrich: Lift him!
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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »


(O, du schöner Westerwald)
Written by Josef Neuhauser
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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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