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
In a 2006 interview with BBC Radio 4's The Film Programme, co-Writer David Ayer said he didn't feel good about portraying that it was the Americans who captured and decoded the enigma machine, and not the British. He said the studio was just thinking of the U.S. box-office. He added "Both of my grandparents served during World War II, and I would be very upset if someone tried to downplay their achievements in the war." See more »
After diving to avoid the German Submarine, The chief requests to shut down the main vents. He and Mr. Tyler rotate wheels on opposite sides of the control room. In the first shot Mr. Tyler turns he wheels counter clockwise, but in the next shot he is turning them clockwise. See more »
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 »
U-571 is a movie with a horrible story and contains a lot of false pathos
Thank god for the US-Navy. The german U-571 is seriously damaged, so that the full, perfectly trained german crew isn`t able to run it. Of course a hand-full american sailors, who even can`t read the (german) instruments of the different machines in U-571 probably manage to get away with the submarine immediately. After being heavily bombed by a german destroyer, they are even able to reach an absolutely incredible depth. But not enough, of course they send the destroyer to the bottom with only one (coincidentally their last) torpedo. Not only the fact, that this heroic voyage is absolutely implausible and ridiculous, makes U-571 the worst movie I´ve ever seen. Also the story, that the Americans found and decoded the Enigma is just a falsification of history. Of course America did a lot for ending the nazi-tyranny, but in this case, it was the achievement of english sailors and scientists. I´m really not a german nationalist and there were a lot of good and even great movies about WWII ( e.g. Saving Private Ryan) but U-571 isn`t. It´s really a disgusting, poor effort of making money with the most primitive sort of patriotism.
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