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Release Date:
19 February 2005 (Japan) See more »
Courage, trust and honor. In a time when ordinary men had no choice but to become extraordinary heroes.
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Battle of wits among the US and German crews sub in the Atlantic Ocean See more (46 total) »


  (in credits order)

William H. Macy ... Chief of Boat Nathan Travers

Til Schweiger ... Kapitän Jonas Herdt

Thomas Kretschmann ... 1st Watch Officer Ludwig Cremer

Clark Gregg ... Executive Officer Teddy Goodman

Scott Caan ... Lt. Cmdr. Randall Sullivan

Rene Heger ... Quartermaster Klause

Carmine Giovinazzo ... Buck Cooper

Jeremy Sisto ... Jason Abers

A.J. Buckley ... Medical Officer

Sam Huntington ... Virgil Wright

Connor Donne ... Lt. Bauer (as Conner Donne)

Ian Somerhalder ... Danny Miller
Branden R. Morgan ... Benny Romano (as Branden Morgan)

Andy Gatjen ... Christophe

Gavin Hood ... Achilles Captain

Alex Prusmack ... Andreas

Sascha Rosemann ... Lars
Justin Thomson ... Wilhem (as Justin Thompson)

Sven-Ole Thorsen ... Hans
Patrick Gallagher ... Ox (as Patrick F. Gallagher)

Matt Lindquist ... Friedrich

Lauren Holly ... Mrs. Rachel Travers

Xander Berkeley ... Admiral Kentz (as Xander Berkley)

Chris Ellis ... Captain Samuel Littleton
Jim Burke ... U 821 Kapitan

Roy Werner ... U 1221 Kapitan

William Gregory Lee ... U.S.S. Logan Radarman
Doug Biolchini ... U.S.S. Logan Radioman (as Douglas Biolchini)

Tom DeGrezia ... Planesman
Gunter Simon ... U 821 Hydrophone Operator (as Simon Gunther)

Sonny Surowiec ... U 821 Radio Operator

Vanessa Branch ... Admiral Kentz's Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Patrick Barnitt ... Achilles Helmsman

Eric Parker ... German Soldier

Vladimir Tevlovski

Chriss Anglin ... Armed Sailor (uncredited)

Winston Churchill ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Hans Hernke ... Young Sailor (uncredited)

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Leif Holt ... German Crew Member (uncredited)
Anthony K. Lewis ... Armed Guard #2 (uncredited)

Sam Mathewes ... German Soldier (uncredited)

David Moretti ... German Soldier (uncredited)

Brad Newman ... Prison Guard (uncredited)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Justin Sandler ... U 429: German Sailor (uncredited)
David Chandler Secor ... Radio Operator (uncredited)

Daniel Toscano ... Swordfish Sailor (uncredited)

Branden Waits ... German Soldier (uncredited)
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Directed by
Tony Giglio 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John E. Deaver  screenplay
John E. Deaver  story
Tony Giglio  screenplay
Johnny Hartmann  additional dialogue

Produced by
Jed Baron .... executive producer
John H. Brister .... producer (as John Brister)
Larry Collins .... associate producer
Patrick F. Gallagher .... co-producer
Carol Gillson .... executive producer
David Glasser .... executive producer (as David C. Glasser)
Michael Z. Gordon .... co-producer
Michael S. Grayson .... executive producer
David Hutkin .... executive producer
Brian R. Keathley .... co-executive producer
Andreas Klein .... executive producer (as Andreas R. Klein)
Thomas Leath .... co-producer
Robert Leveen .... line producer
Julius R. Nasso .... producer
Michael A. Pierce .... producer (as Michael Pierce)
James Robb .... co-producer
Dean Rockhold .... co-producer
Geoffrey H. Silver .... co-producer
Scott G. Stone .... executive producer
Jeff G. Waxman .... executive producer
Mark Williams .... producer
Bob Yari .... executive producer
Original Music by
Steven Bramson 
Cinematography by
Gerry Lively (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Mergus 
Harvey Rosenstock 
Casting by
Roe Baker 
Production Design by
Terrence Foster 
Art Direction by
Thomas Meleck 
Set Decoration by
Melanie Jones 
Costume Design by
Jean-Pierre Dorléac 
Makeup Department
N. Kristine Chadwick .... makeup artist (as Kristine Chadwick)
Carol Collini .... additional makeup artist
Isabel Harkins .... makeup department head
Isabel Harkins .... special makeup effects artist
Cynthia Hernandez .... makeup department head: second unit
Frank Ippolito .... special makeup effects artist
Rhonda O'Neal .... hair department head: second unit
Rhonda O'Neal .... hair stylist
Steven R. Soussanna .... key hair stylist (as Steve R. Soussana)
Kelly J. Sullivan .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Gary Rubin .... executive in charge of production
Sabrina Sipantzi Ballard .... production manager (as Sabrina Sipantzi)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jasmine Alhambra .... second assistant director
James D. Deck .... first assistant director (as James Deck)
Nicholas Lee .... additional second assistant director
Daniel Shultz .... second second assistant director
Mike Smith .... second unit director
Jack Straw .... first assistant director: second unit
Art Department
Kenny Abney .... construction foreman
Wendy Allen .... set dresser: second unit
Bryan L. Anderton .... propmaker
Chris Brewster .... set dresser
Chris Brewster .... swing gang
Kieran Brown .... set painter
Laura Diamond .... on-set dresser
Andrea Doherty .... art department production assistant
Greg Finnin .... property master
William F. Graves II .... propmaker
Emile Kortleven .... lead man
Dara Lasky .... art department coordinator
Gabe Lopez .... propmaker
Edward J. Lucero .... lead scenic (as Edward Lucero)
Jacob P. Martinez .... swing gang
Jacqueline McArdle .... set painter
Elizabeth Ortega .... property master: second unit
Matt Sazzman .... propmaker
Ilya Seperich .... assistant property master
Brad Soper .... set dresser: second unit
Paul A. Still .... construction coordinator
Adam Zerkel .... propmaker
Sound Department
Glenn Auchinachie .... sound designer
Sarah Brady .... adr supervisor
John Brasher .... sound re-recording mixer
Jason Brennan .... sound engineer
David Chornow .... sound mixer: second unit
James Dehr .... sound mixer
Roberto Domínguez .... foley mixer
Eric Hoeschen .... foley artist
Eric Justen .... sound re-recording mixer
Rick MacLane .... sound engineer
William Munroe .... boom operator: second unit
Bryan Pennington .... stereo sound consultant: Dolby
Chris Quilty .... boom operator
Paul Ratajczak .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Ratajczak .... sound supervisor
Trevor Sperry .... adr editor
Trevor Sperry .... adr mixer
Matthew Ryan Weber .... assistant sound engineer (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Thomas Baumann .... special effects technician
Eric Dressor .... special effects assistant
Blair Foord .... special effects technician
Christopher Palbicki .... special effects production assistant
Robert Phillips .... special effects technician (as Robert A. Phillips)
Richard Stutsman .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Derry Frost .... director of production: Amalgamated Pixels
Brady Hallongren .... title opticals supervisor
Rob Meyers .... visual effects
Michael Morreale .... executive producer: Amalgamated Pixels Inc.
Michael Morreale .... visual effects supervisor (as Michael J. Morreale)
Jeremy Oddo .... visual effects
Phillip Palousek .... visual effects coordinator (as Phil Palousek)
Chad Royer .... digital compositor
Rita Schrag .... optical printing supervisor
Gregory S. Scribner .... digital compositor
Jim Stewart .... optical designer
Brad Bovee .... stunts
Gokor Chivichyan .... stunts
Brycen Counts .... stunts
J. Mark Donaldson .... stunts (as Mark Donaldson)
Jeremy Fitzgerald .... stunts
Troy Gilbert .... stunts
Steve Griffin .... stunts
Hans Hernke .... utility stunts
Jesse V. Johnson .... stunts (as Jesse Johnson)
David Leitch .... stunt double
Brad Martin .... stunts
Tim Mikulecky .... stunt double
Chris Palermo .... stunts
Felipe Savahge .... stunt double
Gunter Simon .... stunts
Mike Smith .... stunt coordinator
Sonny Surowiec .... stunt performer
Vladimir Tevlovski .... stunts
Glen Yrigoyen .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Aguilar .... electrician
Billy Beaird .... company grip
Diana Beaird .... company grip
Gary A. Beaird .... first company grip (as Gary Beaird)
Ari Bedian .... electrician: second unit
Glen Bondoc .... assistant chief lighting technician: second unit
Glenn Brown .... assistant camera
Jon Callesen .... electrician: second unit
Richard Cheung .... chief lighting technician
Tom Clancey .... dolly grip
Tom Clancey .... first company grip: second unit
Dave Coulter .... second assistant camera: second unit
Pat Dames .... company grip
Pat Davies .... first company grip: second unit
Andrew Dumas .... second assistant camera
Jaik Freeman .... company grip
Mark Gilliam .... second company grip: second unit
Craig Grossmueller .... first assistant camera: second unit
Peter Gulla .... additional cinematographer
David Hagadorn .... electrician
Hollywood Heard .... dolly grip: second unit
Giulio Magnolia .... film loader
Duane Manwiller .... Steadicam operator
Duane Manwiller .... camera operator: "a" camera
Tak Matsuda .... chief lighting technician: second unit
Tak Matsuda .... electrician (as Taku Matsuda)
E.J. Misisco .... first assistant camera
James T. Ryan .... camera intern
Lee Spencer .... electrician
Chris Stadler .... second company grip
Jeffery J. Tufano .... additional camera operator
Kevin Williams .... chief lighting technician: second unit
Douglas Wiltse .... assistant chief lighting technician
Rafael Winer .... still photographer
Casting Department
Debe Waisman .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Colin Booth .... costumer
Shalanda Holmes .... costume production assistant
Paul Kakuschky .... costumer: second unit
Susanna T. Sandke .... costume supervisor
Paul St. John .... costumer
Editorial Department
Anthony J. Camaioni .... first assistant editor
Chuck Winston .... color timer
Chris Wong .... editorial production assistant
Music Department
Doug Botnick .... scoring mixer
Richard Glasser .... music supervisor
Daniel Hamuy .... lead orchestrator
Jeffrey Schindler .... conductor
David Slonaker .... orchestrator
Transportation Department
Matthew Ballard .... transportation coordinator
Guy J. Graves .... transportation captain
Other crew
Kevin Baird .... production assistant
Brian Carraway .... office production assistant
David Corey .... production assistant
Karyn Dousette .... assistant: Mr. Giglio
Julianne Gestone .... assistant: Mr. Macy
Phillip Glasser .... production executive
David Harari .... set production assistant: second unit
Joshua Kennedy .... office production assistant
Shannon Kenny .... script supervisor
Sarah Kim .... production auditor
Kevin H. Law .... production coordinator
Svetlana Lomaka .... first assistant auditor
Matt Petras .... location manager
Chris Phillips .... key set production assistant
Kevin Picket .... craft service (as Kevin Pickett)
Melinda Redfoot .... production assistant
Matthew Rimmer .... set production assistant
Alisa Shulz .... assistant: Mr. Gallagher
Claire Thorne .... key set production assistant: second unit
Claire Thorne .... set production assistant
Emily Thorne .... production assistant
Georgia Vestakis .... assistant: Mr. Pierce
Mari Wilson .... additional script supervisor
Michael J. Harker .... completion bond company representative (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"U-Boat" - Europe (English title) (DVD box title)
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Rated R for some violence and language
94 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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The real USS Swordfish was lost with all hands in the waters around Okinawa. The real U-429 was transferred to the Italian Navy (where it was dubbed the S 4), then served as a training boat for the German Navy following Italy's surrender.See more »
Factual errors: 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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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Battle of wits among the US and German crews sub in the Atlantic Ocean, 14 November 2006
Author: ma-cortes

The film is based on historic deeds,thus the construction of new U-boats continued at a record -breaking during WWII. In 1942-43 Hitler raised enormously his U-boat strength,the German submarines sank numerous ships,in early 1943 the called ¨Wolf packs¨sank 90 ships in 20 days.Then,suddenly ,between March and June 1943,an exceptional change took place .The Allies began to win the war against Hitler's underwater in the Battle of the Atlantic.By this time the technique of submarines warfare had advanced far beyond that used in the beginning the war.The Allies pitted thousands of boats,seamen,destroyers,cruisers,subs,cannons and billion of dollars against the undersea craft .As early as December 1943 Karl Doeniz ,the architect and designer of U-boat campaign,admitted the grave turn in events.The cost was great on both sides .In the six years of war ,the Germans,by their own statistics,destroyed more than 2000 British,Allied ships in the sea.Hitler had built 1162 subs ,of which 783 were lost.Of the 41000 men recruited into the underwater service ,between 28000 and 32000 lost their lives and 500 were taken prisoners.

The picture narrates as the USS Swordfish underwater commanded by Cmdr Randall(Scott Caan) and the sergeant(William H. Macy)and with the crew(Jeremy Sisto,Sam Huntington among others)is sunk ,then they are captured by a Nazi U-Boat 424 commanded by a captain(Til Schweiger) and officer(Thomas Kretschman). The Americans led by the sergeant try to take over the German sub and to make their way back home confronting against Nazis sailors ,through enemies destroyers they manage to arrive at three hundred miles US coast.The movie contains nail-biting action,drama,suspense in a claustrophobic atmosphere although complemented with some of archive stock footage.

The film provides a realistic detailing of life aboard and a portrait about the crews subjected to stressful and psychological tensions.In fact the sailors had sleep in shifts.For months they were lodged in close quarters because every inch the space was needed for machinery,supplies and torpedoes.The air was heavy with odors from bilges,diesel oil and unwashed bodies.The men faced sudden death from depth charges ,aerial bombing attacks or the sharp bow of a swift destroyer as happen in this film.

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