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In Enemy Hands (2004)

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:
Executive Officer Teddy Goodman
Lt. Cmdr. Randall Sullivan
Quartermaster Klause
Jason Abers
Medical Officer
Virgil Wright
Lt. Bauer (as Conner Donne)
Danny Miller
Benny Romano
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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Box Office


$5,400,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The USS Swordfish 161 was a Balao-class diesel submarine also used in the making of "Down Periscope" as USS Stingray 161, a 1996 film which also starred William H. Macy, and Lauren Holly. See more »


When the radioman of U-821 is calling his CO to the radio booth, he is addressing him with "Herr Kaleu" (short for Kapitänleutnant, a Kriegsmarine Lieutenant Commander). However, the CO is seen having three full stripes on his sleeves, that would make him a Korvettenkapitän (Commander). The proper address would be "Herr Kapitän". See more »


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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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Wonderful movie
11 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

I must agree with Sean and believe this is an excellent movie. I haven't seen the other version he mentioned, just the late version and it gives a look into what goes on in the minds of those at war as well as what they do. I recommend this movie to anyone who has a conscience and wonders what it is like in war. This movie is very realistic and authentic as to life aboard a sub. Having served four years in the US NAVY and serving in the Cuban crisis as well as Vietnam I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. The acting is good and the movie has a good plot. If You have eve been in the service or just plain enjoy a good movie I believe that you will enjoy this movie. I don't normally write a review on movies and may never do it again for all that I know but this movie was good enough or me to do so.

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