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U-571 (2000)

 -  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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Seaman Bill Wentz
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Seaman Ted 'Trigger' Fitzgerald
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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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Heroes are ordinary men who do extraordinary things in extraordinary times. See more »

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

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21 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

U-571: La batalla del Atlántico  »

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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

The Germans did in fact introduce a new, 4-rotor version of their Enigma machine in February 1942; and the code was in fact practically unbreakable by the Allies until the capture of associated codebooks from a submarine, in October 1942. 'Shark' (as the Navel Four Rotor Enigma cipher was know by Bletchley Park) was broken regularly from December of that year (sources include Bletchley Park . But in real life this was a British operation and did not involve a deception like that depicted in the film. The sub itself, the U-559, sank shortly after the codebooks were removed. See more »

Goofs

When Lt. Tyler and Mazzola are outside on the submarine and a German plane is flying over; when Mazzola yells, his mouth is saying something totally different than what is coming through on the audio. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: I didn't get my boat.
Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: I know.
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: And with all due respect, sir, there's only one way that could've happened and that's if you withheld your recomendation.
Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: That's right. I just don't think your ready.
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: What do you mean I'm not ready? Sir, I have worked my tail off on the S-33. I'm qualified in every area and then some. What executive officer has higher marks then I do, Captain?
Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: Andy! Your just not ready to take on a command of your own.
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from "Das Land des Lächelns"
Written by Franz Lehár, Fritz Löhner-Beda, Ludwig Herzer
Performed by Benny Goodman
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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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