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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)  »

Also Known As:

Obračun na Atlantiku  »

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$1,910,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Color by Deluxe)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This movie's closing epilogue states: "Twentieth Century-Fox wishes to thank the Department of Defense and the United States Navy for their assistance in the production of this motion picture." See more »

Goofs

U-boats were not fitted with scuttling charges; if it became necessary to scuttle the boat they could do so using the normal diving mechanism. See more »

Quotes

Von Stolberg: We build 'em good in Germany, eh Heine?
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Opening credits prologue: WORLD WAR II THE SOUTH ATLANTIC See more »

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Soundtracks

So leben wir alle Tage
(Drinking Song) (uncredited)
Traditional German folksong sung to the tune of the "Dessauer Marsch"
English lyrics by Charles Henderson
Sung by Curd Jürgens and the crew of the U-Boat
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Entertaining and educational.
21 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

What's really impressive about this movie is the photography. When you see Robert Mitchum actually standing on the deck of a destroyer with depth charges going off behind it, you know somebody went to a lot of trouble to get all this on film. That destroyer is no movie set. You'll find very few backdrops and special effects here except for underwater shots of the enemy U-boat, and even those are above average. It all seems ahead of its time somehow, the brilliant color footage, the musical score, and the attention to detail.

The Enemy Below is a fascinating study of WW2 anti-submarine warfare. Although the ending is a little corny, the anti-war message is timeless and quite appropriate. Especially now (Oct. 2004) as America is being dragged into another real conflict. It's certainly worth a look.


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