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Das Boot -- A detailed look into the claustrophobic and terrifying world of a German U-boat crew hunting ships from undersea. Gritty, realistic, and peppered with black humour, this is one of the few sympatheticportrayals of the war from the German side to be released in western distribution.
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Das Boot -- The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.


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Wolfgang Petersen (screenplay) and
Lothar G. Buchheim (novel)
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Release Date:
10 February 1982 (USA) See more »
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 »
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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Nearly four hours long, and never a dull moment! See more (423 total) »


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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)

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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Also Known As:
"The Boat" - Philippines (English title), USA (dubbed version)
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Rated R for some war violence and brief language
149 min | 209 min (director's cut) | Spain:138 min (VHS version)
Color (Fujicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital (director's cut) | Dolby (original release) | SDDS (director's cut)
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Ontario) | 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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The human figures on the 35 foot model were modified Barbie (or rather Ken) dolls.See more »
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: During the first encounter with a convoy, a lieutenant (the one who wears a sweater) gets out of bed with his hair a mess and in his face. After he climbs to the bridge in the next shot, his hair is perfectly combed and out of his face. This clearly indicates he owns and knows how to use a comb.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?
The Crew:[in unison] Jawohl, Herr Kaleun!
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166 out of 180 people found the following review useful.
Nearly four hours long, and never a dull moment!, 16 October 2004
Author: Keith Clayton ( from Texas, USA

The first time I saw this film I could not take my eyes from it. I was mesmerized with the transition of a hearty young crew leaving port evolving as the sheer moments of terror (deep under water battles and personal struggles as well as the final scene) lead them all to rethink their actual cause, and their very own mortality (as well as our own in the perils of war!). I can't imagine another film actually displaying what it must have been like to be on one of Nazi Germany's U-boats - young nationalist boys being plucked from their mother's bosom and cast into the claustrophobic iron wolfs in the heat and height of the second world war, who begin to doubt the cause and victory of the fuhrer they've been taught to love and trust. Very colorful, contrasting characters and a script and plot thick with surprises and emotional drama/trauma. Top-notch direction, action, acting and sets. This is perhaps the greatest movie ever made in my opinion. Sorry I couldn't be more specific with the review, there is just too much to cover without spoiling anything for those yet to enjoy it, and thus I just highly recommend it to anybody, not just war movie buffs. I have seen both the regular version and the director's cut (which I own on DVD now) and I must say that the DC is superior. A masterpiece!

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