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
When the "U-571" leaves the Navy port at the beginning of its turn, marine ships from the former East Germany (DDR) are shown in the background. The so-called "coast mine seekers" (corvettes), built for the East German Navy "Volksmarine" from the late 1960s, and in use until the end of the country, and the re-unification with West Germany (Federal Republic of Germany). These ships (and their slightly larger version "high-sea mine seekers" or corvette "Adler" (= Eagle in N.A.T.O. jargon)) where able to position, relocate, and destroy mines. They mainly served at the sea-frontier between east and west (Nato and Warsaw treaty) in the Baltic sea. See more »
The crew is shown taking in lines when the boat is preparing to get underway. Lines were not stored aboard the submarines in the line lockers provided because under depth charging, the lockers could open and the lines could get loose and foul the screws or dive planes. Submarines cast off the mooring lines to the tender. 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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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 »
As far as thrillers go, U-571 is a well made film. Although it's historical inaccuracies are awful, it still serves as a great theater experience. It won a well deserved Oscar for it's sound, which, in the right theater, makes the film well worth the admission. Sound is the key essential to U-571.
The characters are simple, the plot is simple, and the film probably won't haunt you long after you've seen it, but that's OK. Just sit back and enjoy the claustrophobic sets, the deafening sound effects, and the non-stop action for what it's worth.
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