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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.

Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Wolfgang Petersen (screenplay), Lothar G. Buchheim (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jürgen Prochnow ... Capt.-Lt. Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock - Der Alte
Herbert Grönemeyer ... Lt. Werner - Correspondent
Klaus Wennemann Klaus Wennemann ... Chief Engineer Fritz Grade - Der Leitende-Der LI
Hubertus Bengsch Hubertus Bengsch ... 1st Lieutenant - Number One-1WO
Martin Semmelrogge ... 2nd Lieutenant - 2WO
Bernd Tauber ... Kriechbaum - Chief Quartermaster-Navigator
Erwin Leder ... Johann
Martin May Martin May ... Ullman
Heinz Hoenig ... Hinrich (as Heinz Hönig)
Uwe Ochsenknecht ... Chief Bosun
Claude-Oliver Rudolph ... Ario
Jan Fedder ... Pilgrim
Ralf Richter Ralf Richter ... Frenssen (as Ralph Richter)
Joachim Bernhard ... Preacher
Oliver Stritzel ... 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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Trivia

To get one particular interior shot, a section of the model's wall was removed. However, Wolfgang Petersen and cinematographer Jost Vacano felt that it detracted from the film's overall authenticity, and from then on only ever filmed the interior from within the confines of the boat. See more »

Goofs

During the start of the film the all footage of the submarine show that is was armed with a 8.8 cm SK C/30 naval deck gun and a 2 cm FlaK 30 AA gun on the deck. In the final footage of the submarine returning to France whilst the crew is singing it is missing both guns, presumably stock footage of another U-boat or an incorrectly made model. They lost both guns in the airplane attack in the street of Gibraltar. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Captain: Out boatswain's mate. Been on quite a bender tonight.
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Alternate Versions

The 149 minute US theatrical version translates the opening title card to "The Boat" and the 1997 director's cut (in addition to the miniseries version) use the original "Das Boot" title card. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Most Accurate War Movies (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

La Paloma
(uncredited)
Written by Sebastián Yradier (as Sebastian de Yradier) and Michael Jary
Performed by Rosita Serrano
Published by Edition Cinema
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Nerve racking
18 April 2000 | by caffienated mindSee all my reviews

Das Boot is one of the most emotionally involving movies I have ever seen. The characters are developed richly, without those awkward moments in movies when you realize that the director is doing so. You sympathize with the crew, and FEEL their plight as they struggle, cramped in a rickety U-boat against the odds. At times the movie grows slow and drawn out, but that is intentional- to make you feel like you are trapped in an underwater coffin with nothing to do, no where to go. The directing is great, the sound is fabulous! I've never heard faint noises tell a story like this before.


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Official Sites:

Twin Brothers

Country:

West Germany

Language:

German

Release Date:

10 February 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boat See more »

Filming Locations:

Bodensee, Bavaria, Germany See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

DEM32,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$26,994, 14 February 1982

Gross USA:

$11,487,676

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$11,487,676
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (director's cut)| Dolby Stereo (original release)| SDDS (director's cut)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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