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The Enemy Below (1957)

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During World War II, an American destroyer meets a German U-Boat. Both captains are experts, and so begins a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.

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Complete credited cast:
... Capt. Murrell
... Von Stolberg (as Curt Jurgens)
... Lt. Ware (as Al Hedison)
... 'Heinie' Schwaffer
... Doctor
... Von Holem
... Lt. Crain
... Quartermaster
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During World War II, the USS Haynes, an American destroyer escort discovers a German U-boat in the South Atlantic. A deadly duel between the two ships ensues, and Captain Murrell must draw upon all his experience to defeat the equally experienced German commander. Written by Linda Adams <Garridon@aol.com>

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The death battle of the sub-killer and the killer-sub !


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17 January 1958 (West Germany)  »

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Obračun na Atlantiku  »

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$1,910,000 (estimated)
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In real life, the destroyer USS Borie (DD-215) rammed U-boat U-405 and sank it. The Borie was severely damaged, could not be salvaged and sank the next day. The crew was rescued by another vessel. See more »

Goofs

On board the U-boat we hear the sea depth given as "310 meters"; that's equivalent to 170 fathoms or 1,020 feet. We then hear the same depth given on board the destroyer as "150 fathoms". Murrell converts it in his head first to meters, then to feet, even though as an experienced American seaman he would certainly know that 1 fathom is exactly 6 feet. Furthermore, although the fathom depth was wrong, he converts to the right value: "310 meters - that's over 1,000 feet". See more »

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Von Stolberg: Never think, Heinie. Be a good warrior and never think. You pay penalty for thinking. You cannot rest.
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Opening credits prologue: WORLD WAR II THE SOUTH ATLANTIC See more »

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Edited into Wonder Woman: The Bermuda Triangle Crisis (1977) See more »

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Ich hatt' einen Kameraden
(My Comrade) (uncredited)
Music by Friedrich Silcher (1825)
Lyrics from the poem by Ludwig Uhland (1809)
Arranged by Leigh Harline
Sung at the funeral
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Two men, caught in the conflict of WWII, engage in a hunt-and-seek situation that has only one final outcome.
28 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

"The Enemy Below" released in 1957, was one of those films directed by Dick Powell, and starring Robert Mitchum, that sparked with genuine realism and utmost attention to detail. This film also showed the harsh realities in war, and the dedication that men on both sides of the conflict can give to the task appointed. Mitchum plays the commander of a US Naval vessel that has the task of seeking out and destroying enemy submarines; having just recently lost one command, he is going to make sure such doesn't happen twice. The renowned German actor, Curt Jurgens, portrays the submarine commander whose presence has been detected by Mitchum's destroyer, and the chase is on.

Both commanders, Mitchum and Jurgens, in their characters, reveal that each was firm in their beliefs toward their respective countries. While Jurgens is not a gung-ho Nazi, he does have a firm dedication to his fatherland, and what it was before the war. Mitchum has the same firm devotion to his country, and what he is doing is the right course to bring a successful ending to the war, ultimately. There is a lot of verbal discussion during the course of the film, who is right, why are we engaged in this action, etc., but both commanders are desperately trying to out think and outmaneuver the other.

There were several good movies made during the 50s, this film, "The Enemy Below",and "Run Silent, Run Deep" come to mind, and are certainly worth a view. This film does give a look at both sides involved in the type of chase done here. An 8/10


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