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Das Boot ()


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

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  • Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 13 wins & 5 nominations.
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Capt.-Lt. Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock - Der Alte
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Lt. Werner - Correspondent
Klaus Wennemann ...
Chief Engineer Fritz Grade - Der Leitende-Der LI
Hubertus Bengsch ...
1st Lieutenant - Number One-1WO
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2nd Lieutenant - 2WO
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Kriechbaum - Chief Quartermaster-Navigator
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Johann
Martin May ...
Ullman
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Hinrich (as Heinz Hönig)
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Chief Bosun
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Ario
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Pilgrim
Ralf Richter ...
Frenssen (as Ralph Richter)
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Preacher
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Schwalle
Konrad Becker ...
Bockstiegel
Lutz Schnell ...
Dufte
Martin Hemme ...
Brückenwilli
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Monique
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Phillip Thomsen
Günter Lamprecht ...
Captain of the 'Weser'
Thomas Boxhammer
Roger Barth
Günther Franke ...
(as Günter Franke)
Christian Bendomir
Norbert Gronwald
Albert Kraml
Jean-Claude Hoffmann ...
Benjamin
Peter Pathenis
Arno Kral ...
Hagen
Christian Seipolt
Helmut Neumeier ...
Schmutt
Ferdinand Schaal
Wilhelm Pietsch ...
Franz
Rolf Weber
Dirk Salomon ...
Markus
Lothar Zajicek
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Officer Aboard the 'Weser' (uncredited)
Ulrich Günther ...
Erster WO Merkel (uncredited)
Maryline Moulard ...
Françoise (uncredited)
Edwige Pierre ...
Nadine (uncredited)

Directed by

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Wolfgang Petersen

Written by

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

Produced by

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Michael Bittins ... co-producer
Mark Damon ... executive producer (director's cut)
Ortwin Freyermuth ... producer (director's cut)
John W. Hyde ... executive producer (director's cut)
Edward R. Pressman ... executive producer (director's cut)
Günter Rohrbach ... producer

Music by

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Klaus Doldinger ... score composer

Cinematography by

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Jost Vacano ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Hannes Nikel ... film editor

Editorial Department

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Carola Brandes ... assistant editor
Todd Busch ... assistant editor (director's cut)
Gunthard Böhm ... color timer
Eva Claudius ... assistant editor
Linda DeMarco ... color timer (director's cut restored version)
Jennifer Neysa Jew ... assistant editor (director's cut)
Renato Liapaki ... assistant editor
Marc Liesendahl ... assistant editor
Lisa Lössl ... assistant editor (as Lisa Loeßl)
Babette Nischwitz ... assistant editor
Susanne Nischwitz-Blössl ... assistant editor (as Susanne Nischwitz)
Claudia Schumann ... assistant editor
Angelika Siegmeier ... assistant editor
Lilli von Otting ... assistant editor
Doris Wutz ... assistant editor
Thomas Nikel ... additional editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Willy Schlenter

Production Design by

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Rolf Zehetbauer

Art Direction by

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Götz Weidner ... (director of art)

Costume Design by

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Monika Bauert ... (designer of costumes)

Makeup Department

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Alfred Rasche ... makeup artist
Ago von Sperl ... makeup artist
Rüdiger von Sperl ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Jürgen Bieske ... unit manager
Michael Bittins ... production manager
William H. Brown ... post-production supervisor (director's cut) (as Bill Brown)
Philippe Dussart ... production manager: France
Kurt von Vietinghoff ... unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Georg Borgel ... first assistant director
Hannes Nikel ... second unit director
Marie-Antoinette Petersen ... second assistant director

Art Department

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Rudolf Braun ... assistant production designer
Knuth Christiansen ... assistant production designer
Peter Dürst ... property manager
Erhard Hose ... assistant production designer
Pius Hüngerl ... assistant production designer
Monika Moritz ... property manager
Kurt Musegg ... assistant production designer
Bernhard Neureiter ... assistant production designer
Walter E. Richarz ... assistant art director
Heinz Schäfer ... assistant production designer
Joseph Teppert ... assistant production designer
Friedrich Thaler ... scenic artist
Philipp von Seil ... assistant art director
Rüdiger Wagner ... property manager
Götz Weidner ... set decoration crew
Rolf Zehetbauer ... set decoration crew

Sound Department

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Karen Baker Landers ... supervising sound editor (director's cut) (as Karen M. Baker)
Peter Bond ... sound effects editor
Milan Bor ... sound mixer
Rick Bozeat ... sound effects editor: director's cut
Werner Böhm ... sound recordist
Eva Claudius ... dubbing editor
Clayton Collins ... dialogue editor (director's cut) (as Clay Collins)
Todd Egan ... first assistant sound editor (director's cut)
Louis Elman ... sound department: English version
Illo Endrulat ... dubbing editor
Eric Flickinger ... sound re-recording assistant (director's cut)
Darrall Garcia ... assistant sound editor (director's cut)
Scott Martin Gershin ... sound designer (director's cut) / sound effects designer (director's cut)
Judah Getz ... adr mixer
Sarah Goldsmith ... dialogue editor (director's cut) (as Sara Rothenberg)
Philip A. Hess ... sound effects editor (director's cut) (as Phil Hess)
Joseph Holsen ... sound editor
Peter Horrocks ... sound effects editor
J. Stanley Johnston ... supervising sound editor (director's cut)
William B. Johnston ... technical sound supervisor (director's cut)
Michael Keller ... re-recording mixer (director's cut) / supervising sound editor (director's cut)
Randy Kelley ... sound effects editor: director's cut
Hans-Walter Kramski ... foley artist
Mel Kutbay ... foley artist
Mark R. La Pointe ... sound effects editor (director's cut) (as Mark LaPointe)
Mike Le Mare ... sound editor (as Mike Le-Mare)
Gerry Lentz ... re-recording mixer (director's cut)
Stanislav Litera ... sound recordist
Kimaree Long ... assistant sound editor (director's cut)
Joe Milner ... dialogue editor (director's cut)
Brian Pierson ... assistant sound editor (director's cut)
Trevor Pyke ... sound mixer
Scott Sanders ... sound effects editor: director's cut
Heinz Schürer ... sound recordist
David Stanke ... assistant sound editor (director's cut)
Edward M. Steidele ... foley artist (directors cut)
Karola Storr ... sound effects editor
Peter Michael Sullivan ... sound effects designer: directors cut
Karsten Ullrich ... sound recordist
Albrecht von Bethmann ... sound recordist
Scott Wolf ... sound effects editor: director's cut
Peter Zinda ... sound effects editor: director's cut
Kyle Rochlin ... sound recordist (uncredited) (director's cut)

Special Effects by

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Karl Baumgartner ... special effects supervisor
Karl-Heinz Bochnig ... special effects
Max Gretmann ... special effects
Franz Kirschke ... special effects
Nick Middleton ... special effects
Willi Neuner ... special effects
Theo Nischwitz ... special effects
Michael Strohhofer ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Thomas Gitt ... front projection
Jan Jacobsen ... front projection
Jörg Michael Kunsdorff ... optical effects (as Jörg M. Kunsdorff)
Gerhard Neumeier ... miniatures and technical effects
Theo Nischwitz ... front projection
Hans Nothof ... miniatures and technical effects
Oliver Nothof ... miniatures and technical effects
Rudolf Roemmelt ... optical effects
Alfred Schallmeier ... miniatures and technical effects
Erwin Schnetzer ... miniatures and technical effects
Sebastian Schwerte ... optical effects
Ernst Wild ... miniature effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Ray Andrew ... assistant camera operator
Stan Andrew ... assistant camera operator
Horst Becker ... assistant camera operator
Jürgen Bretzinger ... assistant camera operator
Rudi Denk ... electrician
Iko Dimitri ... electrician
Hermann Fahr ... assistant camera operator
Gerhard Fromm ... additional camera operator
Frank Heinig ... assistant camera operator
Leander R. Loosen ... additional camera operator
Peter Maiwald ... additional camera operator
Mike Rutter ... assistant camera operator
Ludwig Sauermann ... key grip
Franz Schlammer ... electrician
Ernst Schmid ... additional camera operator
Ernst Stritzinger ... additional camera operator
Wolfgang Treu ... additional camera operator
Karl-Heinz Vogelmann ... still photographer (as Karlheinz Vogelmann)
Robert Wiesmann ... assistant camera operator
Egil S. Woxholt ... additional camera operator
Willi Zopf ... electrician

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Hans Diessbacher ... costumer
Karin Geuer ... costumer
Siegi Haubold ... costumer
Karl-Heinz Stempel ... costumer

Music Department

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Bill Abbott ... music editor (director's cut)
Tommy Klemt ... music re-mastering engineer (director's cut)
Denise Okimoto ... music editor (director's cut)
Alan Willis ... music editor

Other crew

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Heinrich Bader ... mechanical engineer
Jan-Michael Brandt ... production assistant
Daniel Braunschweig ... crew member: French production
Karlheinz Böhm ... naval advisor
Arlette Danis ... crew member: French production
Eric Dussart ... crew member: French production
Nicole Front ... crew member: French production
Isabel Goslar ... continuity manager
François Hamel ... crew member: French production
Lutz Hengst ... production executive
Thomas Henkel ... representative: Bavaria Film (director's cut)
Christl Kirchner ... production accountant (as Christel Kirchner)
Achim Krug ... naval advisor
Ludwig Kurz ... hydrotechnologist
Jean Lara ... crew member: French production
Suzanne Schnulle Murphy ... production accountant: director's cut
Gérard Nicolas ... crew member: French production
Caroline Perchaud ... production secretary
Joël Picaud ... crew member: French production
Isabel Prochnow ... script supervisor
Pierre Sicre ... crew member: French production
Brad Stephens ... assistant to producer (director's cut)
Manichanh Tangpraserth ... assistant: Mr. Freyermuth (director's cut)
Lucas Van Alen ... post-production coordinator: director's cut
Ingrid von Anka ... production secretary

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines This is the story of 42 raw recruits caught up in a war they didn't understand, and the Captain who must lead them in their struggle to survive. See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Boat (United States)
  • The Boat (Philippines, English title)
  • Le bateau (France)
  • El submarino - Das Boot (Spain)
  • El submarí (Spain, Catalan title)
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Runtime
  • 149 min
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Box Office

Budget $14,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $73,482,661

Did You Know?

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Trivia The bulk of the film's $15 million budget was spent on constructing U-boats. Specifications for the original Type VII-C U-boat were found at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. The plans were taken to the original builder of the subs, who was commissioned to build a full-sized, sea-going replica, their first such assignment since the war ended. A second full-sized model was built for interior filming. See more »
Goofs In the bordello sequence prior to the launch scene, swing music was being played. Under Hitler, swing or big band music was forbidden, and only German classical music could be played. However, popular music was common in such service clubs, especially outside Germany proper. See more »
Movie Connections Edited from Battle of Britain (1969). See more »
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Quotes Lt. Werner: Captain?
Captain: I'm sorry.
Lt. Werner: You think it's hopeless now?
Captain: It's been 15 hours. He'll never do it. I'm sorry.
Lt. Werner: They made us all train for this day. "To be fearless and proud and alone. To need no one, just sacrifice. All for the Fatherland." Oh God, all just empty words. It's not the way they said it was, is it? I just want someone to be with. The only thing I feel is afraid.
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