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


On the Weser, the captain says he has never had fresh figs before, but he demonstrates the correct technique of opening one to get at the flesh inside. However, throughout the movie he proves to be a wise person who can figure out fast the best way to eat the fruit. See more »


Captain: Okay, men, now listen. We're going to blow out the water now and see if we can get our rear ends out of the sand. If we make it to the surface, things could still get pretty rough. Traffic's heavy up there. And we have to pray the engines start, so we can get out of this mess. The condition the boat is in, we have got to head straight for La Rochelle. If we make it... it's half a bottle of beer for each! There is one thing on our side; they won't be expecting us. Well men, all set?
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13 May 1999 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

When you go to a liquor store to buy Vodka you can purchase one of several brands or you can purchase Stoli. That's what Das Boot is when it comes to Submarine films. You can watch any one of several or you can watch Das Boot. Like Stoli Vodka it's in a class by itself. Superb film either way you see it i.e. subtitles or the dubbed version. See the directors cut if you can. The German crew could be any nationality the film is so well done it doesn't matter. Andy Rooney once said that when you're in a war you live life at 100%. The opening scene of this film demonstrates that. The men are living life at 100%. I never saw any other war movie that captured that like Das Boot.

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