It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so-called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy British shipping. With better escorts of the destroyer class, however, German U-boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of the crew of one such U-Boat, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers and attempted to accomplish impossible missions, all the while attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served.Written by
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The real first watch officer of U-96 ("Number One") was Gerhard Groth, who was born in 1917 and immigrated to Mexico as a young boy. As with his character in the film, Groth returned to Germany in the late 1930s and joined the Navy just prior to the outbreak of World War II. He was a U-boat flotilla staff officer before joining his first submarine, U-96, as 2nd Watch Officer. He was promoted to 1st Watch Officer in October 1941 and in April 1942 became Captain of his own boat, U-143. He would serve on three boats as commander before the end of World,War II, after which he returned to Mexico City. See more »
SS Weser was built in 1922 by Norddeutscher Lloyd and was the third ship to bear that name. The SS Weser was captured by HMCS Prince Robert off the Pacific coast of Mexico in 1940 and so could not have been interned in Spain. During the war the SS Weser was thought to have been responsible for the sinking of the British ship, SS Anglo-Saxon (sunk August 21 1940), but this sinking was later attributed to the German merchantman, SS Widder. See more »
Out boatswain's mate. Been on quite a bender tonight.
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A 210 minutes Director's Cut has been re-released in USA on April 4th, 1997. See more »
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I spent 17 years of my life in Royal Navy submarines. 'T' class, 'A' class and 'R' class. Das Boot is the only submarine movie that shows exactly how it was. It could be a documentary. Bouncing around in the Bay of Biscay with the sea too rough to be able to dive safely and get away from it. 'Goffers' pouring down the conning tower and the control room deck ankle deep in the green stuff. Going down backwards at 500ft and you know there is 10,000ft below you, with seawater pouring in through a burst cooling pipe and one main motor out of action. Existing for two weeks on kai or oxo because your stomach is rebelling against the elements. Laying in your bunk in ultra quiet routine with the sweat just dribbling down. When the sweat starts to dribble upwards you know it's a cockroach crawling up your body. And that Klaxon. 'Hunt for Red October', 'Crimson Tide'. They are just adventure films.
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