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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A sixth officer mentioned in the novel, and omitted from the film, is the 2nd Engineer who joins the boat on a training cruise in order to take over for the Chief Engineer at the end of the patrol. The 2nd Engineer does not socialize or dine with the other officers and is immediately dis-liked by the Captain who pledges he will find a way to prevent the man from become the new Chief Engineer. In the film, much of the antagonistic elements of the 2nd Engineer are written into the character of the First Officer. See more »
In a rather famous sequence of the movie/TV-series, Bootsmann Lamprecht (Uwe Ochsenknecht's character) informs the crew that their football-team (Schalke 04) had just lost 5:0 and was "out of the running" (in a non-specified competition). Given the time-frame of the movie (early Oct. to 24 Dec. 1941), this is historically wrong. While the German national championship during this time used a KO-system in its final stages (unlike today), the final for the 40/41-season was held in June '41 and that of the 41/42-season in July '42. Neither date fits the time-frame of the movie and in any case, Schalke made it to both finals (losing in 40/41 and winning in 41/42) - so they never got eliminated in either season. In fact, Schalke was such a dominant team during this time, that they only lost a single match (the final) during the entire 40/41 league-championship.
The only other competition they could be talking about is the German Cup ("Tschammerpokal") of 1941, whose semi-finals and final fit the time-frame (12 Oct and 2 Nov, respectively). However: In that competition, Schalke won their semi-final (6:0) and only lost in the final (2:1 against Dresdner SC). See more »
[during the storm, a wave hits the conning tower and Kriechbaum notices that Pilgrim is missing]
[screaming while he holds on to railing by the flak gun]
[gets to Pilgrim, then carries him back down into the boat]
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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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