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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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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

SmhIt 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 wbof 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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40 000 men were sent out on German U-boats... 30 000 never returned See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Twin Brothers

Country:

West Germany

Language:

German | English | French

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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Trivia

The poem Lt. Werner cites when the submarine stuck in the Strait of Gibraltar is "Schlacht - Das Maß" from Rudolf G. Binding ("Einmal vor Unerbittlichem stehen..."). See more »

Goofs

The captain of the 'Weser' takes the 1st Lieutenant for the U-boot's captain, and addresses him accordingly as 'Kapitänleutnant'. Now the Lieutenant, in perfect dress, clearly displays the double stripes of his actual rank. It is difficult to imagine any naval officer making such a mistake. But the movie (unlike the novel) depicts the Weser's captain as some kind of an operetta officer. Even so, he is very formal, and such a blunder does not seem very compatible. See more »

Quotes

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

The 5.1 remix for the 208 minute director's cut (for both the English and German dubs) contains entirely new sound effects in place of the sound effects from the original stereo mix. In addition to that, the original Columbia Pictures logo from 1981 featured in the opening is plastered with a silent version of the 1997 Columbia logo instead. The blu-ray release contains both the original 149 minute theatrical version and the 1997 director's cut on two separate discs, making this release the first time in the US since the VHS and Laserdisc days that the theatrical version has been made available. However, on the disc containing the theatrical version, despite being listed as a 5.1 remix on the case and the menu, it instead contains only the original stereo mix for both the German and English tracks. (in addition to restoring the original 1981 Columbia Pictures logo to the opening). See more »

Connections

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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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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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