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Das Boot 

A World War II German U-Boat crew have a terrifying patrol mission in the early days of the war.
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Complete series cast summary:
Jürgen Prochnow ...  Der Alte 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Herbert Grönemeyer ...  Leutnant Werner 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Klaus Wennemann Klaus Wennemann ...  Leitender Ingenieur (LI) 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Hubertus Bengsch Hubertus Bengsch ...  Erster Wachoffizier (I WO) 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Martin Semmelrogge ...  Zweiter Wachoffizier (II WO) 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Bernd Tauber Bernd Tauber ...  Obersteuermann 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Erwin Leder ...  Johann, das Gespenst 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Martin May Martin May ...  Ullmann 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Heinz Hoenig ...  Hinrich 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Uwe Ochsenknecht ...  Bootsmann 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Claude-Oliver Rudolph ...  Ario 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Jan Fedder ...  Pilgrim 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Ralf Richter Ralf Richter ...  Frenssen 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Joachim Bernhard ...  Bibelforscher 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Oliver Stritzel ...  Schwalle 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Konrad Becker Konrad Becker ...  Bockstiegel 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Lutz Schnell Lutz Schnell ...  Dufte 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Martin Hemme Martin Hemme ...  Brueckenwilli 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Wilhelm Pietsch Wilhelm Pietsch ...  Franz 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Helmut Neumeier Helmut Neumeier ...  Schmutt 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Dirk Salomon Dirk Salomon ...  Markus 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Jean-Claude Hoffmann Jean-Claude Hoffmann ...  Benjamin 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Arno Kral Arno Kral ...  Hagen 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Maryline Moulard Maryline Moulard ...  Françoise 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Rita Cadillac ...  Monique 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Otto Sander ...  Thomsen 3 episodes, 1985-1987
Günter Lamprecht Günter Lamprecht ...  Kapitän 'Weser' 3 episodes, 1985-1987
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"The Boat" is the story of the crew of one of the hundreds of U-boats deployed by the Germans in World War II. Subject to countless hours of claustrophobic confinement and unending assault by enemy ships, the crew struggles for survival. Written by Carl Miller <cmiller@binx.mbhs.edu>

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Drama | Thriller | War

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Country:

West Germany | UK | France

Language:

German

Release Date:

24 February 1985 (West Germany) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(6 episodes) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The cast received extensive drills on how to literally run through a submarine in order to shift its balance like a experienced crew. See more »

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Edited from Das Boot (1981) See more »

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TV miniseries recommended over the movie version!
23 November 2013 | by dsjr1See all my reviews

Despite the extra length, I would *strongly* recommend the mini-series version. I first watched this in the UK when it came out as a mini-series (293 min, 1985), then recently as the movie version (149 min, 1981), and then the mini-series again.

In cutting the length down for the movie version, what largely remains are action scenes. Retained in the mini-series version are the quieter more reflective, atmospheric scenes, which in my opinion are what most make Das Boot truly AWESOME. These scenes gradually and subtly develop the characterizations of the crew members: their divergent political beliefs, the tensions among them, their cynicism or honor, their bravery or fragility. The submarine itself is a central character too: emerging through the depths like a great lethal whale, or plowing through the spray in rough weather, or floating calmly across the placid ocean surface, all to the backdrop of the haunting and memorable theme music. These subtle atmospheric aspects are what most stayed with me for 30 years. I would also suggest watching it in German with subtitles - one of the things that makes this an unusual WWII movie is that it is from the German perspective, and hearing it in German gives a more intense feel for that Germanic aspect and its special qualities (even if you don't understand German). Das Boot is an amazing experience, and it is well worth immersing yourself in the original full length miniseries version for a memorable and unique experience!


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