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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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The other side of the Battle of the Atlantic. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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

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(Fujicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Several additional scenes were scripted based on the original "Das Boot" novel, but in the end were never filmed due to budget and time constraints. In the original script, the U-Boat departs from St. Nazaire and docks at La Rochelle only at the end of the film due to heavy damage and an inability to reach its home port. The escape out of Gibraltar is also extended somewhat including the U-boat stopping a passenger liner and nearly sinking it, but at the last moment realizing the ship is of Spanish registry. The U-boat also encounters another submarine with an inexperienced crew at the entrance to La Rochelle harbor. The second submarine strikes a mine and the entire crew must be rescued. Finally, the character of Lieutenant Werner is much more heavily explored in the original script, including a love interest where Werner was seeing a French girl and by the end of the film suspected she was a member of the French resistance. See more »

Goofs

U-32 is stated to have made contact with an enemy convoy. Following the convoy attack, Kriechbaum reads a report from U-112. U-32, a Type VIIA boat, actually sank in October 1940, a year prior to the events of this film. U-112 was a proposed Type IXB boat, which was designed to be a seaplane carrier but was never completed. See more »

Quotes

Pilgrim: Hey, have you got any hairs up your nose?
Frenssen: Why?
Pilgrim: I've got some up my ass. Maybe we can tie them together?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Danger!! Death Ray (1995) See more »

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Muss i' denn zum Städtele hinaus
(Wooden Heart)
(uncredited)
Written by Friedrich Silcher
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Packing, genuinely, overwhelming!
25 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

Using the term 'authenticity' in connection with any kind of art is rather difficult and daring as well. Sometimes it looks posed or is by certain purposes manipulated. Referring to Petersen´s "Das Boot" however, I consider it justified to call it authentic and true. I think this statement can be strengthened mainly by the fact that Lothar Gunther Buchheim was consulted. He composed the novel this breathtaking movie bases on and he himself was employed as a war correspondent in the Second World War.

The entire plot has no weak points. Starting at "Bar Royal" at the very night before the forces living journey of the submarine crew begins, the director fittingly manages to confront the audience with the protagonists and their way of dealing with the pounding uncertainty. Once put to sea, the character of the scenes changes abruptly. Every member of the crew and the audience as well comes into very close contact with the tightness of the action space. At this point it is necessary to underline the excellent work of the cameramen. The fast and partial hectic cuts draw an exact picture of the drama on board. Too do not forget the outstanding lighting. However besides this abundance of obvious suspense, there are also a number of moments going into in-depth psychology and thoughtfulness. To outline only a few of them: At "Bar Royal", when the chief engineer reflects about the uncertain fate of his family, or when the captain, with a kind of 'Weltschmerz' in his eyes, is astound and proud of the unbelievable efforts of the crew. It would probably be too laborious to refer to the decisive symbols the director uses, therefore I recommend this movie to everybody, especially those who are interested in the Second World War.

It presumably sounds pretty weird, yet I suppose that mankind gladly participates on the misfortune of others, without being closely involved with it. This closing notion may account for the huge success of this movie.>


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