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)
Danny Miller
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.


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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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$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 »


All of the American and German submarines are shown to be using torpedoes equipped with proximity detonators which allow the torpedo to detonate when in close proximity to the target without actually hitting it. Although German, Britain and the U.S. experimented with magnetic proximity detonators at the beginning of the war they proved to be so problematic that they were quickly withdrawn from service and for the remainder of the war all parties relied on contact detonators. 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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Worth seeing.
7 May 2005 | by (Groningen, The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

This movie is a watchable one. It's not really a memorable one though but when you decide to watch it, it won't bore you.

When the movie began I was kind of worried. The editing was poor and the acting horrible B-movie like and it had a made-for-TV kind of look. But thankfully all those things improved later as the movie progressed.

It's obvious that the budget wasn't very big since they had to use stock footage from movies like "U-571" and even "Down Periscope". They also used stock footage from real WW II Destroyers and other boats which was pretty obvious at times, it was kind of amateur-like and unrealistic the way it was edited into the movie.

The story is pretty solid, despite some awfully weak dialog at times. It was at first kind of weird that the movie focused on both the Americans and Germans in the same way but later in the movie it becomes obvious why. The movie mostly fails to become tense but still its perfect good entertainment to watch all.

Not a must see by any means but when you decide to see it nevertheless, you will be fairly entertained. And hey it has got William H. Macy and Thomas Kretschmann and some other well known actors in small roles in it, which makes this movie absolutely, very well watchable.



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