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U-571 (2000)

 -  Action | Drama | Thriller  -  21 April 2000 (USA)
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A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.

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Seaman Bill Wentz
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Seaman Ted 'Trigger' Fitzgerald
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Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens
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Ens. Keith Larson
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Storyline

In the midst of World War II, the battle below the seas rages. The Nazi's have the upper edge as the Allies are unable to crack their war codes. That is, until a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, and the Allies realise this is their chance to seize the 'enigma coding machine'. But masquerading as Nazi's and taking over the U-boat is the smallest of their problems. The action really begins when they get stranded on the U-boat. Written by Filmtwob <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

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u boat | sos | battle | submarine | crew | See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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Rated PG-13 for war violence | See all certifications »

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21 April 2000 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$104,829 (Sweden) (10 November 2000)

Gross:

ESP 310,144,356 (Spain) (29 June 2001)
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Trivia

When the "U 571" leaves the navy port at the beginning of its turn, marine ships from the former East Germany (GDR) are shown in the background: the so-called "coast mine seekers" (corvettes), built for the east-german navy "Volksmarine" from the late 1960s and in use until the end of the country and the re-unification with the West-Germany (Federal Republic of Germany). These ships (and their slightly larger version "high-sea mine seekers" or corvette "Adler" (= Eagle in NATO jargon)) where able to position, relocate and destroy mines. They mainly served at the sea-frontier between east and west (Nato and Warsaw treaty) in the Baltic sea. See more »

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When U571 first meets the German destroyer there are two ships used to play the Z49. In most shots the ship has five turrets but as the small launch comes up next to U571 and the Lt says the line "Tell them to go away" in the next shot of the ship you can see it only has two. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: You're a first rate X.O., Andy. A damn good submariner. I know the men like you.
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: I'd give my life for any one of them, sir.
Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: I know you would. I'm not questioning your bravery. The question is: what about their lives? You and Mr. Emmett are good friends. You went to the Academy together. Would you be willing to sacrifice his life? Or what about some of the younger enlisted men? I know a lot of those guys look up to you like a big brother. You willing to lay their lives on the line?
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Lover, Come Back to Me
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(performed at the wedding reception while Dahlgreen is talking to Tyler)
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American Military Pornography
28 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is yet another epic film about heroic Americans stepping into a situation, destroying everything, and creating an unhealthy and polarized sense of morality (the good Americans kill the evil Germans). You could label this film racist... perhaps acceptable when the propaganda was necessary (in the 40's), but certainly not 50 years after the fact.

The film also fails to capture a good sense of life in one of these submarines... since the film concentrates on military glory and good triumphing over evil, the potentially powerful, subtler moments of suspense are hopelessly lost, and the film degenerates into a muffled confusion of trumpets and excessively justified violence.

It is impossible to watch this without thinking of Das Boot, and how much more powerful the cinematography and directing are, not to mention how much more tolerant and accurate a picture it paints of the morality of warfare and of Germans as real people during the war.

My rating is 2/10 on this film, because it has wasted a potentially powerful concept on mindless and destructive entertainment, questioned Germans as human beings, took millions of dollars to do it, and is essentially a cultural regression from its ancestor Das Boot, made 20 years prior.


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