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
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 »
This movie is visually stunning but it helps to have no historical knowledge if you want to enjoy it. Some of the many errors: -The British captured the first two enigma machines, and the Americans didn't get their first until 1944 -In reality, U-571 sank 7 ships and was sunk with all hands off England, and S-33, sunk in the movie, was in Alaska (it survived the war) -The Germans had no surface fleet in operation during the war (other than the Bismark's ill-fated sortie)so why would they have a destroyer to chase U-571? Oh, and about the US stealing Britain's history, remember the old movie "Breaking the Sound Barrier" had an Englishman break the sound barrier. It left viewers (including the Secretary of the Air Force!) thinking that this Brit, rather than Chuck Yaeger broke the sound barrier. At least this film gave a disclaimer that it was fiction.
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