In Enemy Hands (2004)

R  |   |  Drama, Thriller, War  |  19 February 2005 (Japan)
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When American submarine Swordfish is torpedoed the survivors are picked up by a passing German U-boat but an outbreak of meningitis threatens all aboard.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Chief of Boat Nathan Travers
Kapitän Jonas Herdt
Executive Officer Teddy Goodman
Lt. Cmdr. Randall Sullivan
Quartermaster Klause
Buck Cooper
Jason Abers
Medical Officer
Virgil Wright
Lt. Bauer (as Conner Donne)
Branden R. Morgan ...
Benny Romano (as Branden Morgan)
Achilles Captain


At the height of Hitler's infamous U-boat war, the crew of the U.S.S. Swordfish were heading home after months at sea. They never made it. Now prisoners of war aboard U-boat 429, a small group of American survivors will find their loyalties put to the ultimate test when they're forced to join their German captors to fight for their very lives. Written by Anonymous

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Courage, trust and honor. In a time when ordinary men had no choice but to become extraordinary heroes.


Drama | Thriller | War | Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »





Release Date:

19 February 2005 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

U-Boat  »

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Box Office


$5,400,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Interesting coincidence that William H Macy, Lauren Holly and the USS Swordfish also appear in "Down Periscope" as well. See more »


A Dymo label was shown on one of the USN ship's control switches. The Dymo label company (Dymo tape-writers) did not exist during WW2. It was founded in 1958. See more »


[first lines]
Kapitän Jonas Herdt: [narrating] At the outbreak of World War II, Germany increased its U-boat production by 1,000%, mass-producing 17 new U-boats a month. Hitler knew the key to winning the war in Europe was to control the Atlantic. And control it he would. By 1942, German U-boats, working in groups called wolf packs, sunk over 1,000 Allied ships. Their success gave Germany a decisive advantage. They were winning the war. And if this trend continued, all of Europe would fall.
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Edited from U-571 (2000) See more »

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This was a real eye opener
26 November 2004 | by (Weehawken) – See all my reviews

I have always been fascinated by war movies, and in the past few years I have seen U-571 a thousand times. When I first started to watch this film, I thought it was going to be another one of those movies were the Germans are shown as baby eating monsters, who without proper instruction might put their shoes on the wrong feet. However, this movie was shown to what I would believe to be true. The director showed that not only the Germans were destructible, but the Americans were too. This movie showed that the Americans were also human, and they could be destroyed.

I can honestly say this is the best War movie I have ever seen.

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