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Das Boot -- The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.

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Director:
Writers:
Wolfgang Petersen (screenplay) and
Lothar G. Buchheim (novel)
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Release Date:
10 February 1982 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
This is the story of 42 raw recruits caught up in a war they didn't understand, and the Captain who must lead them in their struggle to survive. See more »
Plot:
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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The best submarine film ever made. See more (400 total) »

Cast

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Jürgen Prochnow ... Capt.-Lt. Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock - Der Alte

Herbert Grönemeyer ... Lt. Werner - Correspondent
Klaus Wennemann ... Chief Engineer Fritz Grade - Der Leitende-Der LI
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)

Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Chief Bosun
Claude-Oliver Rudolph ... Ario

Jan Fedder ... Pilgrim
Ralf Richter ... Frenssen (as Ralph Richter)
Joachim Bernhard ... Preacher
Oliver Stritzel ... Schwalle
Konrad Becker ... Bockstiegel
Lutz Schnell ... Dufte
Martin Hemme ... Brückenwilli
Rita Cadillac ... Monique

Otto Sander ... Phillip Thomsen
Günter Lamprecht ... Captain of the 'Weser'
Thomas Boxhammer
Roger Barth
Günther Franke (as Günter Franke)
Christian Bendomir
Norbert Gronwald
Albert Kraml
Jean-Claude Hoffmann ... Benjamin
Peter Pathenis
Arno Kral ... Hagen
Christian Seipolt
Helmut Neumeier ... Schmutt
Ferdinand Schaal
Wilhelm Pietsch ... Franz
Rolf Weber
Dirk Salomon ... Markus
Lothar Zajicek
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Sky du Mont ... Officer Aboard the 'Weser' (uncredited)
Ulrich Günther ... Erster WO Merkel (uncredited)
Maryline Moulard ... Françoise (uncredited)
Edwige Pierre ... Nadine (uncredited)
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Directed by
Wolfgang Petersen 
 
Writing credits
Wolfgang Petersen (screenplay)

Lothar G. Buchheim (novel)

Produced by
Michael Bittins .... co-producer
Mark Damon .... executive producer (director's cut)
Ortwin Freyermuth .... producer (director's cut)
John W. Hyde .... executive producer (director's cut)
Edward R. Pressman .... executive producer (director's cut)
Günter Rohrbach .... producer
 
Original Music by
Klaus Doldinger (score composer)
 
Cinematography by
Jost Vacano (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Hannes Nikel (film editor)
 
Casting by
Willy Schlenter 
 
Production Design by
Rolf Zehetbauer 
 
Art Direction by
Götz Weidner (director of art)
 
Set Decoration by
Götz Weidner (set decoration crew)
Rolf Zehetbauer (set decoration crew)
 
Costume Design by
Monika Bauert (designer of costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Alfred Rasche .... makeup artist
Ago von Sperl .... makeup artist
Rüdiger von Sperl .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jürgen Bieske .... unit manager
Michael Bittins .... production manager
William H. Brown .... post-production supervisor (director's cut) (as Bill Brown)
Philippe Dussart .... production manager: France
Kurt von Vietinghoff .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Georg Borgel .... first assistant director
Hannes Nikel .... second unit director
Marie-Antoinette Petersen .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Rudolf Braun .... assistant production designer
Knuth Christiansen .... assistant production designer
Peter Dürst .... property manager
Erhard Hose .... assistant production designer
Pius Hüngerl .... assistant production designer
Monika Moritz .... property manager
Kurt Musegg .... assistant production designer
Bernhard Neureiter .... assistant production designer
Walter E. Richarz .... assistant art director
Heinz Schäfer .... assistant production designer
Joseph Teppert .... assistant production designer
Friedrich Thaler .... scenic artist
Philipp von Seil .... assistant art director
Rüdiger Wagner .... property manager
 
Sound Department
Karen Baker Landers .... supervising sound editor (director's cut) (as Karen M. Baker)
Peter Bond .... sound effects editor
Milan Bor .... sound mixer
Rick Bozeat .... sound effects editor: director's cut
Werner Böhm .... sound recordist
Eva Claudius .... dubbing editor
Clayton Collins .... dialogue editor (director's cut) (as Clay Collins)
Todd Egan .... first assistant sound editor (director's cut)
Louis Elman .... sound department: English version
Illo Endrulat .... dubbing editor
Eric Flickinger .... sound re-recording assistant (director's cut)
Darrall Garcia .... assistant sound editor (director's cut)
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound designer (director's cut)
Scott Martin Gershin .... sound effects designer (director's cut)
Judah Getz .... adr mixer (special edition re-release)
Sarah Goldsmith .... dialogue editor (director's cut) (as Sara Rothenberg)
Philip A. Hess .... sound effects editor (director's cut) (as Phil Hess)
Joseph Holsen .... sound editor
Peter Horrocks .... sound effects editor
J. Stanley Johnston .... supervising sound editor (director's cut)
William B. Johnston .... technical sound supervisor (director's cut)
Michael Keller .... sound re-recording mixer (director's cut)
Michael Keller .... supervising sound editor (director's cut)
Randy Kelley .... sound effects editor: director's cut
Hans-Walter Kramski .... foley artist
Mel Kutbay .... foley artist
Mark R. La Pointe .... sound effects editor (director's cut) (as Mark LaPointe)
Mike Le Mare .... sound editor (as Mike Le-Mare)
Gerry Lentz .... sound re-recording mixer (director's cut)
Stanislav Litera .... sound recordist
Kimaree Long .... assistant sound editor (director's cut)
Joe Milner .... dialogue editor (director's cut) (German version)
Brian Pierson .... assistant sound editor (director's cut)
Trevor Pyke .... sound mixer
Scott Sanders .... sound effects editor: director's cut
Heinz Schürer .... sound recordist
David Stanke .... assistant sound editor (director's cut)
Edward M. Steidele .... foley artist (directors cut)
Karola Storr .... sound effects editor
Peter Michael Sullivan .... sound effects designer (director's cut)
Karsten Ullrich .... sound recordist
Albrecht von Bethmann .... sound recordist
Scott Wolf .... sound effects editor: director's cut
Peter Zinda .... sound effects editor: director's cut
Kyle Rochlin .... sound recordist (director's cut) (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Karl Baumgartner .... special effects supervisor
Karl-Heinz Bochnig .... special effects
Max Gretmann .... special effects
Franz Kirschke .... special effects
Nick Middleton .... special effects
Willi Neuner .... special effects
Theo Nischwitz .... special effects
Michael Strohhofer .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Thomas Gitt .... front projection
Jan Jacobsen .... front projection
Jörg M. Kunsdorff .... optical effects
Gerhard Neumeier .... miniatures and technical effects
Theo Nischwitz .... front projection
Hans Nothof .... miniatures and technical effects
Oliver Nothof .... miniatures and technical effects
Rudolf Roemmelt .... optical effects
Alfred Schallmeier .... miniatures and technical effects
Erwin Schnetzer .... miniatures and technical effects
Sebastian Schwerte .... optical effects
Ernst Wild .... miniature effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Andrew .... assistant camera operator
Stan Andrew .... assistant camera operator
Horst Becker .... assistant camera operator
Jürgen Bretzinger .... assistant camera operator
Rudi Denk .... electrician
Iko Dimitri .... electrician
Hermann Fahr .... assistant camera operator
Gerhard Fromm .... additional camera operator
Frank Heinig .... assistant camera operator
Leander R. Loosen .... additional camera operator
Peter Maiwald .... additional camera operator
Mike Rutter .... assistant camera operator
Ludwig Sauermann .... key grip
Franz Schlammer .... electrician
Ernst Schmid .... additional camera operator
Ernst Stritzinger .... additional camera operator
Wolfgang Treu .... additional camera operator
Karl-Heinz Vogelmann .... still photographer (as Karlheinz Vogelmann)
Robert Wiesmann .... assistant camera operator
Egil S. Woxholt .... additional camera operator
Willi Zopf .... electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Hans Diessbacher .... costumer
Karin Geuer .... costumer
Siegi Haubold .... costumer
Karl-Heinz Stempel .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Carola Brandes .... assistant editor
Todd Busch .... assistant editor (director's cut)
Gunthard Böhm .... color timer (original version)
Eva Claudius .... assistant editor
Linda DeMarco .... color timer (director's cut restored version)
Jennifer Neysa Jew .... assistant editor (director's cut)
Renato Liapaki .... assistant editor
Marc Liesendahl .... assistant editor
Lisa Lössl .... assistant editor (as Lisa Loeßl)
Babette Nischwitz .... assistant editor
Susanne Nischwitz-Blössl .... assistant editor (as Susanne Nischwitz)
Claudia Schumann .... assistant editor
Angelika Siegmeier .... assistant editor
Lilli von Otting .... assistant editor
Doris Wutz .... assistant editor
Thomas Nikel .... additional editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Bill Abbott .... music editor (director's cut)
Tommy Klemt .... music re-mastering engineer (director's cut)
Denise Okimoto .... music editor (director's cut)
Alan Willis .... music editor
 
Other crew
Heinrich Bader .... mechanical engineer
Jan-Michael Brandt .... production assistant
Daniel Braunschweig .... crew member: French production
Karlheinz Böhm .... naval advisor
Arlette Danis .... crew member: French production
Eric Dussart .... crew member: French production
Nicole Front .... crew member: French production
Isabel Goslar .... continuity manager
François Hamel .... crew member: French production
Lutz Hengst .... production executive
Thomas Henkel .... representative: Bavaria Film (director's cut)
Christl Kirchner .... production accountant (as Christel Kirchner)
Achim Krug .... naval advisor
Ludwig Kurz .... hydrotechnologist
Jean Lara .... crew member: French production
Suzanne Schnulle Murphy .... production accountant: director's cut
Gérard Nicolas .... crew member: French production
Caroline Perchaud .... production secretary
Joël Picaud .... crew member: French production
Isabel Prochnow .... script supervisor
Pierre Sicre .... crew member: French production
Brad Stephens .... assistant to producer (director's cut)
Manichanh Tangpraserth .... assistant: Mr. Freyermuth (director's cut)
Lucas Van Alen .... post-production coordinator: director's cut
Ingrid von Anka .... production secretary
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Boat" - Philippines (English title), USA (dubbed version)
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MPAA:
Rated R for some war violence and brief language
Runtime:
149 min | 209 min (director's cut)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (director's cut) | Dolby (original release) | SDDS (director's cut)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Chile:14 | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Iceland:12 | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:12 | Netherlands:16 (director's cut) | Norway:16 | Norway:15 (director's cut) | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 (director's cut) | Portugal:M/12 (original rating) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (dubbed directors cut) | UK:15 (subtitled directors cut) | USA:R | USA:Unrated (original uncut version) | West Germany:12 (w)

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Trivia:
Given that the convoy is attacked under a full moon, and after this, the crew expected to be given leave for Christmas, odds are that evening is either November 3rd, 4th or 5th, or perhaps Dec. 3rd, 4th or 5th. Those were the dates for the full moon in Nov. & Dec. 1941.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Sing Nachtigall SingSee more »

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181 out of 190 people found the following review useful.
The best submarine film ever made., 25 March 2005
Author: Mike_Wiggins from Newport, Rhode Island, USA

While it has been a very long time since I have seen this movie, it is one of the very few that I own. Wolfgang Petersen's magnificent accomplishment in "Das Boot" is reiterating the dictum that "war is hell", no matter which side you look at it from and no matter where the battlefield is located.

*** Minor spoilers ***

The plot has been well described by other viewers so I won't rehash it again. But my personal observations, as an ex-submarine sailor, are that Petersen probably portrayed life on board the sub pretty accurately. I say "probably" because todays subs are hotels compared with the German U-boats and American submarines. The commonality between yesterday and today is how the crew deals with being closed up in a "sewer pipe" for weeks at a time. More importantly, you as a viewer become an invisible crew member as the crew lives in very cramped conditions (American WW2 subs used to be called "pig boats"), deals with an unfortunately believable political officer, deals with drills, actual torpedo firings, actual ships casualties, and deals, most frighteningly, with retribution from the "enemy". My own experience watching the depth charging of the U-boat was such that I was thinking "stop it, Stop It, STOP IT, STOPITSTOPITSTOPIT...!!!!!" That's how real it felt to me. For the rest of you, I feel certain you will too be dragged in and know what it is like to live on board a WW2 U-boat.

This movie also shows how leadership is so important in keeping the crew (and ultimately the sub) together. Petersen's direction for Captain Lehmann-Willenbrock was masterful because it didn't portray the captain as a god. It showed him as a man who knows how to lead, knows his submarine as if he were married to it (and in many ways he is) but isn't perfect at the job. It also shows that even with great leadership qualities, Captain Lehmann-Willenbrock can not do the job alone: he must have both officers and enlisted men who have the knowledge and skill to not just do their jobs, but to also advise the captain. Petersen also managed to give each member of the crew their own separate personalities instead of the predictable cookie-cutter personalities that Hollywood feels is needed.

I could go on and on. So I will close by saying that with the plot, direction, cinematography, acting, sound, music, editing all being top notch, this is one of the few movies that I can truly rate a 10 out of 10. I also preferred the German version with subtitles.

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I believe that this movie was either the first or one of the first to use Steadicam technology. It was truly amazing for me to see a camera zip its way through a submarine, specifically through the open watertight doors, without a break in the filming. Up until I heard what Steadicam was, I was always wondering how Petersen managed to hide the camera dolly track or the wires the camera hung from.

(It turns out I was wrong: "Bound For Glory" was the first.)

EDIT (12 OCT, 2006): I have been corrected by an observant viewer. Wikipedia has the following comment on what I thought was Steadicam usage:

"Most of the interior shots were filmed using a hand-held Arriflex of cinematographer Jost Vacano's design to convey the claustrophobic atmosphere of the boat. It had a gyroscope to provide stability, a reinvention of the Steadicam on a smaller scale, so that it could be carried throughout the interior of the mock-up. Vacano wore full-body padding to minimize injury as he ran and the mock-up was rocked and shaken."

So, literally, a Steadicam was NOT used in the filming of "Das Boot". However, a camera that resembled Steadicam in function (in the way it gyroscopically leveled the filming platform) was used.

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Even though todays submarines are far cleaner then their predecessors, and we have refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning, are able to take showers, etc., there is one aspect of living in an enclosed space that still lives on: the smell. While the smell of the "pig boats" of WW2 was truly atrocious, even with todays ability to clean the atmosphere, you can not escape the fact that any smell that is created, from burned toast in the galley, from the smell of the "sanitary gasses" (to be kind), to gasified hydraulic oil and diesel fuel, all these particulates will eventually become absorbed in your clothing. You, as a sailor, may get used to it, but when you get home, your wife will most likely declare that you smell like a submarine and demand that whatever you are wearing get thrown in the wash ... immediately!

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