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U-571 (2000)

PG-13 | | Action, War | 21 April 2000 (USA)
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A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.

Director:

Jonathan Mostow

Writers:

Jonathan Mostow (story), Jonathan Mostow (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Lt. Andrew Tyler
Bill Paxton ... Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren
Harvey Keitel ... CPO Henry Klough
Jon Bon Jovi ... Lt. Pete Emmett
David Keith ... Maj. Matthew Coonan
Thomas Kretschmann ... Capt.-Lt. Gunther Wassner
Jake Weber ... Lt. Hirsch
Jack Noseworthy ... Seaman Bill Wentz
Tom Guiry ... Seaman Ted 'Trigger' Fitzgerald
Will Estes ... Seaman Ronald 'Rabbit' Parker
Terrence 'T.C.' Carson ... Steward Eddie Carson (as T.C. Carson)
Erik Palladino ... Seaman Anthony Mazzola
Dave Power ... Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens
Derk Cheetwood ... Seaman Herb Griggs
Matthew Settle ... Ens. Keith Larson
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Storyline

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 Filmtwob <webmaster@filmfreak.co.za>

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Taglines:

You won't come up for air until it's over! See more »

Genres:

Action | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

21 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

U-571: La batalla del Atlántico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,553,310, 23 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$77,086,030, 13 August 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,666,415, 30 June 2012
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Co-Writer and Director Jonathan Mostow was inspired to do the film after touring the World War II submarine U.S.S. Pompanito, in San Francisco, California. See more »

Goofs

When the U-571 is at 200 meters below see level and starts to rise again, there is a shot where you can see sunlight coming through the windows of the U-boat. At this depth the windows should be all dark. See more »

Quotes

Lt. Hirsch: Last night at 0300 hours a British destroyer reported depth charging and sinking a German U-boat. However, sometime thereafter, Allied direction finding station triangulated a coded enemy radio signal to this position here near the chop line.
[indicates position on map]
Lt. Hirsch: We believe the U-boat was disabled, not sunk, and is drifting eastward on a four-knot current. Now, French resistance reported a resupply submarine sailed from the Lorient U-boat pens yesterday afternoon with engine parts and ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

The theatrical version contained some captions before the end credits, explaining that the Enigma was, in real-life, recovered by the British Royal Navy, and not by the American Navy as portrayed in this movie. The captions have been removed on the R2 DVD. See more »

Connections

Featured in U-571: A Submariner's WWII Experience (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Dein ist mein ganzes Herz
from "Das Land des Lächelns"
Written by Franz Lehár, Fritz Löhner-Beda, Ludwig Herzer
Performed by Benny Goodman
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Shipwreck
20 October 2007 | by Karl SelfSee all my reviews

I rented U-571 thinking that a movie with submarines and Harvey Keitel in it would at least be vaguely entertaining, but boy, was I wrong. As for its mindless entertainment value, if you have only ever seen one u - boat movie you will essentially have seen U-571 because it goes to great pains not to miss any cliché in the book; the first third in particular is an almost exact copy of "Das Boot".

What really angers me about U-571 though, apart from it being a really bad movie, is the premeditated way it tries to remanufacture history. Without going into details: the actual Enigma machine was relatively well known, the difficult bit was cracking the code -- which was brilliantly accomplished by the British (after some spadework from the Poles). Next there is the cheap attempt to whitewash racial segregation in the US by throwing in a black sailor and then putting the onus on the Germans by showing a German sailor being shocked at seeing a black person -- maybe it was the historical inaccuracy he was astounded by. Even worse, the film promotes an almost fascist type of ideology, namely the leader principle, mindless submission to authority, the objective must be achieved regardless of the cost of human life (enemy or comrade). So ironically, U-571, with reversed sides and minus the special effects, could pass for a German propaganda movie of that era.


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