In the midst of World War II, the battle below the seas rages. The Nazis have the upper edge as the Allies are unable to crack their war codes. That is, until a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, and the Allies realize this is their chance to seize the 'enigma coding machine'. But masquerading as Nazis and taking over the U-boat is the smallest of their problems. The action really begins when they get stranded on the U-boat.Written by
This movie represents one of a few World War II submarine movies which have won one Academy Award in a technical category, that's just only the one Oscar in either special effects or sound editing. These movies include Crash Dive (1943), The Enemy Below (1957), Torpedo Run (1958), and U-571 (2000). The non-World War II sub movie, The Hunt for Red October (1990) also won just the one Oscar, as did the World War II part sub movie 49th Parallel (1941), but for Best Original Story. See more »
The S-33 (SS-138) depicted serving in the North Atlantic, actually served in the Pacific, either in the Aleutians or on the U.S. West Coast. See more »
[During a depth charge attack]
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler:
Mister Hirsch, step away from that bulkhead. The shockwave from one of these explosions could snap your spine.
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At least one version of the theatrical release contained no subtitles for the opening scene aboard the German submarine. This was possibly to increase dramatic effect, placing emphasis on the acting and visuals rather than the dialogue. See more »
I watched this movie almost on a whim and was very impressed by the intensity of it. All of the actors in the film did a wonderful job and the music, direction, effects, and cinematography lent themselves well to the finished vision. The only thing that disappointed me however was the foreshadowing and predictability of the film. As a result of this, I gave it a 6 out of 10. I would recommend anyone who is interested in action / adventure films, especially those centering on WWII to watch it, however, do not think too hard about it while it is progressing.
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