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U-571 (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Action, War  |  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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lt. Hirsch
Seaman Bill Wentz
Seaman Ted 'Trigger' Fitzgerald
Seaman Ronald 'Rabbit' Parker
Steward Eddie Carson (as T.C. Carson)
Seaman Anthony Mazzola
Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens
Seaman Herb Griggs
Ens. Keith Larson


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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Action | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

21 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

U-571: La batalla del Atlántico  »

Box Office


$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$19,553,310 (USA) (21 April 2000)


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

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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The caption before the end credits, detailing the fact that the Royal Navy captured the first Enigma machine, was only added after an outcry in Britain, where it was believed that Hollywood was trying to claim the credit for the Americans (whose forces captured no German Naval Enigma material until 1944). See more »


The sheets seen in the American submarine are on backwards. (This was noted in the commentary.) See more »


Chief Klough: Those Krauts sure know how to build a boat.
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Edited into In Enemy Hands (2004) See more »


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Offensive & revisionist, it should not have been made.
28 April 2000 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

I have only one comment about the movie and it isn't about its suspense, direction, acting or musical score. It's about deceit. Reading through user comments, I see that many are in touch with the idea that this is a British story, not American. But do they grasp how much more ignorance this is fostering?

People are saying that the supply lines between America and Britain were being threatened by the U-Boats and that America had to come to the rescue. This folks, is simply untrue, revisionist garbage. And people are buying it. It offends me, because as a Canadian, I am painfully aware of the fact that America risked nothing at all to supply Britain in its hour of need - that was Canada's great claim to fame, and America's claim to shame. The British captured the enigma first, the Canadians caught another later and the U.S. WASN'T EVEN IN THE WAR YET!

This is beyond "just entertainment" as Americans are now laying quasi-historical claim (and we all know how many will take some or all of it as true - most) to victories and sacrifices purchased by people of other nations. If you want to spit on someone else's flag, just spit on it, don't steal their histories and dishonor their heroes and their fallen soldiers. Nobody can fall back on "it's just a movie," unless they already feel at home with a British movie about how the Brits won the Battle of Midway and saved the Americans.

Americans have plenty to be proud of, plenty of heroes from that war, plenty of stories they could bring out to show their pride and grit without resorting to such theft.

This movie should have been made as British or not at all. Another sad day for film.

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