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U-571 (2000)

PG-13 | | Action , War | 21 April 2000 (USA)
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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 ... Lt. Andrew Tyler
Bill Paxton ... Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren
Harvey Keitel ... CPO Henry Klough
Jon Bon Jovi ... Lt. Pete Emmett
David Keith ... Maj. Matthew Coonan
Thomas Kretschmann ... Capt.-Lt. Gunther Wassner
Jake Weber ... Lt. Hirsch
Jack Noseworthy ... Seaman Bill Wentz
Tom Guiry ... Seaman Ted 'Trigger' Fitzgerald
Will Estes ... Seaman Ronald 'Rabbit' Parker
Terrence 'T.C.' Carson ... Steward Eddie Carson (as T.C. Carson)
Erik Palladino ... Seaman Anthony Mazzola
Dave Power ... Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens
Derk Cheetwood ... Seaman Herb Griggs
Matthew Settle ... Ens. Keith 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>

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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 »

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Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

21 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

U-571: La batalla del Atlántico See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$62,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,553,310, 23 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$77,086,030, 13 August 2000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,666,415, 30 June 2012
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Many of the scenes were actually filmed inside of giant water tanks, in Malta, which were also used in filming, The Count Of Monte Christo (2002), and are very similar to the ones used in the Sci-Fi movie, The Abyss (1989) See more »

Goofs

In the scene before boarding the submarine, a box of explosives is shown but the sign on the box is an international United Nations symbol for explosives (exploding device on orange background). The UN was not created until after WW2 See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: His body is gonna to save our lives.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

References Run Silent Run Deep (1958) 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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Mel Brooks does Das Boot
22 July 2001 | by fjhuerta-2See all my reviews

This movie is another one in a long line of pro-U.S. war films. You know the kind. Those are the films where north american soldiers are the only ones capable of any wit, wisdom, intelligence and courage.

Unfortunately, by now the rest of the world is a bit brighter, and we know that, really, Ben Affleck didn't save Great Britain from the Germans. There is an undeniable and deep love and respect for all veterans and U.S. soldiers that lost their lives in Europe during both World Wars from the rest of the world, the kind of respect that only comes from defending an ideal with their lives. It's Hollywood who is keen on destroying those heroes' reputation by making them seem so superior as to be ridiculous.

In summary, this film is a parody of the amazing "Das Boot". It's quite obvious that the same things will happen in any submarine: depth charges, marine battles, etc. But U-571 makes everything seem sweet: there is no claustrophobia, the crew gets along pretty well, they kill every german in sight, and even a destroyer. Das Boot shows a destroyed boat, terribly strained relationships, a sense of quiet desperation and resignation. Where U-571 plays glorious fanfare, Das Boot counters with powerful silence. Where Das Boot puts grime, U-571 substitutes pretty faces. Where Das Boot has realism, U-571 doesn't.

But most insulting of all, where englishmen should have been, U-571 cleverly substitutes them with U.S. soldiers. Oh, the nerve.

Bottom line: this movie makes for a great surround sound demo disc, or a nice coaster. Hollywood is still clueless when it comes to making war movies. If a future historian only had U.S. war movies to base history upon, he would decidedly declare the rest of the world sub-human idiots, and the U.S. civilization as a more evolved race.

A theory Hollywood debunks quite nicely.


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