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U-571 (2000)

PG-13 | | Action, War | 21 April 2000 (USA)
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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In the midst of World War II, the battle below the seas rages. The Nazis 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 realize this is their chance to seize the 'enigma coding machine'. But masquerading as Nazis 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

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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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U-571: La batalla del Atlántico  »

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$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$77,086,030 (USA) (11 August 2000)
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For authenticity, the stage crew made a working submarine for filming in the Mediterranean off of Malta. During production, an American warship appeared and was so taken in by the Nazi submarine they actually sent an armed team to board it. See more »

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A German destroyer's standard complement included only 18 depth charges, or up to 30 during war time. Far fewer than the destroyer in the film launches. See more »

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Seaman Bill Wentz, Radioman: Mister Tyler, please... don't tell the other guys I'm half German. They'll hate me.
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Yeah, sure thing, Wentz.
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Featured in Troldspejlet: Episode #25.9 (2001) See more »

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Written by Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
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An insult, an embarrassment, an offense
14 August 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Defenders of this film, stop whining that "it's just a movie." Fellow Americans, stop being so friggin' defensive when people complain about the pathetic, insipid, insulting posturing we do.

By now anyone who's read anything about this movie knows it was the English and not the Americans who captured the Enigma machine (and also that at the time the story allegedly takes place, the US wasn't even in the war).

But here is the most evil thing about "U-571" -- director Jonathan Mostow in many interviews has complained that the great submarine movie "Das Boot" was a lie because it portrayed the German crew as sailors, soldiers, human beings and not Nazis. This is why he opens his film with the U-boat crew gunning down a lifeboat of helpless, unarmed Allied survivors. Jonathan Mostow perpetuates every lie, every war-time propaganda fabrication, every stereotype ever perpetrated about the enemy. During wartime such propaganda is necessary... but this is sixty years later. No one is in any way excusing the monstrousness of the Nazis. But it is stupid and blind to portray every single German as cut from that same blood-stained cloth. Even English viewers -- who have far, far more reason to hate the Nazis than any American -- have been quick to point out the foulness of Mostow's vision.


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