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U-571 (2000)

PG-13 | | Action, War | 21 April 2000 (USA)
A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.


Jonathan Mostow


Jonathan Mostow (story), Jonathan Mostow (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Tyler
Bill Paxton ... Dahlgren
Harvey Keitel ... Chief
Jon Bon Jovi ... Emmett
David Keith ... Coonan
Thomas Kretschmann ... Wassner
Jake Weber ... Hirsch
Jack Noseworthy ... Wentz
Tom Guiry ... Trigger
Will Estes ... Rabbit
Terrence 'T.C.' Carson ... Eddie (as T.C. Carson)
Erik Palladino ... Mazzola
Dave Power ... Tank
Derk Cheetwood ... Griggs
Matthew Settle ... Larson


In the midst of World War II, the battle below the seas rages. The Nazis 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 realize this is their chance to seize the 'enigma coding machine'. But masquerading as Nazis 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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You won't come up for air until it's over! See more »


Action | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


The trailer for the movie showed a shot where the German Captain reveals that he can speak English. This scene does not appear in the movie. See more »


When the shipyard is working on the 33 boat, one of the shipyard workers is clearly seen using a present day yellow DeWalt grinder. See more »


Chief Klough: You're the skipper now. And the skipper always knows what to do whether he does or not.
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Alternate Versions

At least one version of the theatrical release contained no subtitles for the opening scene aboard the German submarine. This was possibly to increase dramatic effect, placing emphasis on the acting and visuals rather than the dialogue. See more »


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It was an action movie, not a historic recount so for what it was I enjoyed it.
29 October 2010 | by Aaron1375See all my reviews

A lot of movies use historical events such as wars or tragedies as backdrops for their movies. "Titanic" for instance was completely untrue for the most part. This movie for some reason had lots of people complaining about how Americans were not the first to find the decoder depicted in the film. So what? Really, some people are just so anal. If England wishes for the true story to be told make a documentary on the subject with their money. This is an action movie made with American dollars, this is not to be confused with fact, seriously did you look up the Titanic's manifest and see if that poor Jack or his love Rose was on it. The decoder was just a way to get some guys on a German U-boat so we could have a pretty good action movie. It was nothing to ponder or for historians to dissect, I mean did we believe that Forrest Gump was real too and that he was a very important person in American History too or what? The main problem I had with this one is that Matthew McConaughey is the lead in this one. I think someone else would have been better, though he was not to bad in this one. Just when I see him I usually think chick flick, though I did like him in "Sahara" too. So a nice action movie, with some good submarine battles, I preferred "The Hunt Red October" and I have heard the German film "Das Boot" is the superior submarine film of all of them, but have never seen that one. Would like to though, until then though I enjoyed this one and I realize the English were the first to find said decoder.

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English | German

Release Date:

21 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,553,310, 23 April 2000

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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