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U-571 (2000)

PG-13 | | Action, War | 21 April 2000 (USA)
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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Tyler
Bill Paxton ... Dahlgren
Harvey Keitel ... Chief
Jon Bon Jovi ... Emmett
David Keith ... Coonan
Thomas Kretschmann ... Wassner
Jake Weber ... Hirsch
Jack Noseworthy ... Wentz
Tom Guiry ... Trigger
Will Estes ... Rabbit
Terrence 'T.C.' Carson ... Eddie (as T.C. Carson)
Erik Palladino ... Mazzola
Dave Power ... Tank
Derk Cheetwood ... Griggs
Matthew Settle ... 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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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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 »


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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User Reviews

A Good Utilization of Sound
9 August 2001 | by Aeschylus3See all my reviews

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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Details

Country:

France | USA | Italy

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

21 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,553,310, 23 April 2000

Gross USA:

$77,122,415

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,666,415
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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