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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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Awards:
Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
15 years and I'm still thinking about it See more (407 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
La Spezia, a city in the Liguria region of northern Italy at the head of La Spezia Gulf, is one of the major Italian military and commercial harbours and is located between Genoa and Pisa. It has been a major naval base since the 1800s.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When two crewmen get up to get to their stations, they clearly go around the cameraman who is blocking the entrance to the torpedo room.See more »
Quotes:
Lt. Werner:Captain?
Captain:I'm sorry.
Lt. Werner:You think it's hopeless now?
Captain:It's been 15 hours. He'll never do it. I'm sorry.
Lt. Werner:They made us all train for this day. "To be fearless and proud and alone. To need no one, just sacrifice. All for the Fatherland." Oh God, all just empty words. It's not the way they said it was, is it? I just want someone to be with. The only thing I feel is afraid.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Mon GarsSee more »

FAQ

What is written on the building at the end of the movie?
What type of submarine is U-96?
Why did Willenbrock leave the British sailors in the water? Why didn't he pick them up?
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470 out of 485 people found the following review useful.
15 years and I'm still thinking about it, 8 September 1999
Author: susy-7 from Southwestern Indiana

Das Boot is not just a great war film: it's a great film period. Maybe it is true that epic themes make the greatest novels and films. Here is a movie that explores heroism, duty, patriotism, hope, fear and the futility of war--all grand themes--explored in the confined, and collapsing, spaces of a German u-boat.

I saw this film when I was a freshman in college during a weekend that I later dubbed my "depressing movie festival." (The Wall and Apocalypse Now were the other weekend "entries.") Of these films, it was Das Boot that haunted me--when I laid down at night, I saw Jurgen Proctow's pained blue eyes. When I woke in the morning, I felt as if I were escaping through the hatch of the submarine. I could not shake the images, and now some fifteen years later, I still remember how completely meaningless the movie made everything seem, and the nihilistic message stayed with me for a long, long time. How few films are there which affect the viewers on this level. To say this film is "powerful" seems so weak a description.

Part of the "power" of the film comes, I think, from a certain restraint in the direction. So often, films which aspire to move the audience quickly fall into melodrama, over-acting, and overblown images. Too much. These often succeed in the immediate response (usually crying) but fail to impact the viewer on anything more than a surface level. Here, it is the small moments which fill the screen. Everywhere, all around is War, but for these men as we witness them, war does not begin with a capital "W". It is reality, not a grand concept. The director lets the story shock and horrify the audience, not by forcing it, but by letting the story just tell itself. Drama, tension and resolution occur naturally in Das Boot, which contributes to the very real impact of the film.

Story is a 10, direction is a 10, acting is a 10 and the cinematography is a 10. One of the all-time greatest films.

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