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Das Boot (1981)

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The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Capt.-Lt. Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock - Der Alte
... Lt. Werner - Correspondent
Klaus Wennemann ... Chief Engineer Fritz Grade - Der Leitende-Der LI
Hubertus Bengsch ... 1st Lieutenant - Number One-1WO
... 2nd Lieutenant - 2WO
Bernd Tauber ... Kriechbaum - Chief Quartermaster-Navigator
... Johann
Martin May ... Ullman
... Hinrich (as Heinz Hönig)
... Chief Bosun
... Ario
... Pilgrim
Ralf Richter ... Frenssen (as Ralph Richter)
... Preacher
... Schwalle
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Storyline

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 Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Hitler sent out 40,000 men aboard German U-Boats during World War 2. Less than 10,000 returned. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some war violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Twin Brothers

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Release Date:

10 February 1982 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,994, 14 February 1982, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$11,487,676, 9 November 2013

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$73,482,661
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Runtime:

| (director's cut) | (video) | (Original Uncut Version) | (Original Uncut Mini-Series Version)

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(director's cut)| (original release)| (director's cut)

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(Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Steadicams were not yet in use during the production of the movie. In order to get the fast tracking shots through the U-boat without a shaky image, director of photography Jost Vacano created a system of heavy gyroscopes together with his father that kept the camera steady as he ran through the hallways. The set of the U-boat had intentionally been built slightly bigger to give Vacano more room to work. Even so, as he had to look through the camera, he had to wear a helmet because he would regularly bump his head. See more »

Goofs

The sawfish logo on the boat tower differs in shape between shots (full scale model leaving harbor in La Rochelle vs. smaller model during first emergency dive), most notably the mouth line of the fish is different. See more »

Quotes

Captain: Not yet, Kameraden! Not yet!
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Connections

Spoofed in Last of the Summer Wine: Das (Welly) Boot (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

It's a Long Way to Tipperary
(uncredited)
Written by Jack Judge and Harry Williams
Performed by The Red Army Choir
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Nearly four hours long, and never a dull moment!
16 October 2004 | by See all my reviews

The first time I saw this film I could not take my eyes from it. I was mesmerized with the transition of a hearty young crew leaving port evolving as the sheer moments of terror (deep under water battles and personal struggles as well as the final scene) lead them all to rethink their actual cause, and their very own mortality (as well as our own in the perils of war!). I can't imagine another film actually displaying what it must have been like to be on one of Nazi Germany's U-boats - young nationalist boys being plucked from their mother's bosom and cast into the claustrophobic iron wolfs in the heat and height of the second world war, who begin to doubt the cause and victory of the fuhrer they've been taught to love and trust. Very colorful, contrasting characters and a script and plot thick with surprises and emotional drama/trauma. Top-notch direction, action, acting and sets. This is perhaps the greatest movie ever made in my opinion. Sorry I couldn't be more specific with the review, there is just too much to cover without spoiling anything for those yet to enjoy it, and thus I just highly recommend it to anybody, not just war movie buffs. I have seen both the regular version and the director's cut (which I own on DVD now) and I must say that the DC is superior. A masterpiece!


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