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
Many of the G7e/T2 German torpedoes of World War 2 were notoriously marginal in performance, having a top speed of about 30 miles per hour and a maximum range of barely 3,000 meters and a failure rate of about 30%. Knowing this, no German submarine commander would have ever wasted four precious torpedoes firing blindly, submerged, the periscope useless, at another submarine (the captured U-571), especially since the torpedoes were incapable of changing course after being fired. The same is true of the U-571, which fired back with four torpedoes of their own, and the chances of hitting a submerged submarine, without any corrections for depths or attack angles, would have been less than 1%. See more »
Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren:
You're a first rate X.O., Andy. A damn good submariner. I know the men like you.
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler:
I'd give my life for any one of them, sir.
Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren:
I know you would. I'm not questioning your bravery. The question is: what about their lives? You and Mr. Emmett are good friends. You went to the Academy together. Would you be willing to sacrifice his life? Or what about some of the younger enlisted men? I know a lot of those guys look up to you like a big brother. You willing to lay their lives on the line?
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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 »
This tripe was perpetuated by a director who has no appreciation for history, and who sets himself up as an authority on "what appeals to American moviegoers..forget for a moment the fact that the British first secured enigma from U-110. Forget also that there was only one incident in which Germans ever machine gunned survivors in the water and that was after the sinking of the Greek ship Peleus by one Heinz Eck, who, along with the ship's doctor and Executive officer were executed for this crime.( I guess we had to believe that the Germans were more sinister this way.) Forget also, that in Mostow's world, the laws of physics do not apply. I especially liked the scene where the torpedo is fired against the bow of the destroyer and the ship is stopped dead in its wake!! If you want a good Submarine movie, try Das Boot, or The Enemy Below. actuals, the incredible Mister limpet was more historically accurate than this garbage.
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