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Das Boot 

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Series (2018– )
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An inexperienced U-boat crew has to survive a secret mission and a young German woman is torn between loyalty for her home country and the French resistance in the WWII drama.
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Series cast summary:
Tom Wlaschiha ...  Hagen Forster 16 episodes, 2018-2020
Leonard Scheicher ...  Frank Strasser 16 episodes, 2018-2020
Franz Dinda ...  Robert Ehrenberg 16 episodes, 2018-2020
Thierry Frémont Thierry Frémont ...  Pierre Duval 16 episodes, 2018-2020
Fleur Geffrier ...  Margot Bostal 16 episodes, 2018-2020
Robert Stadlober ...  Hinrich Laudrup 16 episodes, 2018-2020
Julius Feldmeier ...  Eugen Strelitz 16 episodes, 2018-2020
Marvin Linke Marvin Linke ...  Peter Kraushaar 16 episodes, 2018-2020
Rainer Bock ...  Gluck 15 episodes, 2018-2020
Joachim Foerster Joachim Foerster ...  Ralf Grothe 15 episodes, 2018-2020
Leon Lukas Blaschke ...  Thorsten Hecker 15 episodes, 2018-2020
Stefan Konarske Stefan Konarske ...  Ulrich Wrangel 14 episodes, 2018-2020
Pit Bukowski ...  Pips Lüders 14 episodes, 2018-2020
Rick Okon ...  Klaus Hoffmann 13 episodes, 2018-2020
Philip Birnstiel ...  Benno Schiller 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Rafael Gareisen ...  Max von Haber 12 episodes, 2018-2020
Vicky Krieps ...  Simone Strasser 10 episodes, 2018-2020
Vincent Kartheiser ...  Samuel Greenwood 10 episodes, 2018-2020
August Wittgenstein ...  Karl Tennstedt 9 episodes, 2018-2020
Clemens Schick ...  Johannes von Reinhartz 8 episodes, 2020
Olivier Chantreau Olivier Chantreau ...  Emile Charpentier 8 episodes, 2018
Lizzy Caplan ...  Carla Monroe 8 episodes, 2018
Ben Münchow Ben Münchow ...  Lutz Ritzenhoff 8 episodes, 2018
Leonard Kunz ...  Gunther Maas 8 episodes, 2018
Felix Prochaska Felix Prochaska ...  Steuermann 8 episodes, 2018
Leonard Hohm Leonard Hohm ...  Herbert Schwab 8 episodes, 2018
Paul Bartel ...  Anatole 8 episodes, 2020
Joseph Konrad Bundschuh Joseph Konrad Bundschuh ...  Julius Fischer 8 episodes, 2020
Oskar Bökelmann Oskar Bökelmann ...  Rainer Kehmann 8 episodes, 2020
Sebastian Hülk ...  Jürgen Salz 8 episodes, 2020
Florian Kroop Florian Kroop ...  Frieder Mez 8 episodes, 2020
Béla Gábor Lenz ...  Wilhelm Stein 8 episodes, 2020
Martin Schnippa Martin Schnippa ...  Dieter Weber 8 episodes, 2020
Anton Spieker ...  Erwin Müller 8 episodes, 2020
Vincent Zur Linden Vincent Zur Linden ...  Manfred Kuhn 8 episodes, 2020
Rochelle Neil ...  Cassandra Lloyd 7 episodes, 2020
Klaus Steinbacher Klaus Steinbacher ...  Josef Wolf 7 episodes, 2018
Grégory Gatignol Grégory Gatignol ...  Marc 7 episodes, 2018
Merlin Rose ...  Ferdinand Freund 7 episodes, 2020
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The story of the new high end series "Das Boot" begins in the fall of 1942, at a time when, in the midst of World War II, submarine warfare was becoming ever more brutal. The plot follows a young submarine crew on a dangerous surveillance mission, as the Résistance begins to gain influence at the French port of La Rochelle. During the Autumn of 1942, in occupied France, U-612 is now ready for its maiden voyage, preparing to head into the increasingly brutal warfare with its young crewmen, including the new commander, Klaus Hoffmann (Rick Okon). As the 40 young men take on their first mission, they struggle with the cramped and claustrophobic conditions of life underwater. Their personalities are pushed to the limit as tensions rise and loyalties begin to shatter. Meanwhile, at the port of La Rochelle, the world of Simone Strasser (Vicky Krieps) spirals out of control as she is engulfed in a dangerous liaison and forbidden love, torn between her loyalty for Germany and the Résistance, ...

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Allies. Lovers. Enemies. Spies.

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Drama | War

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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On August 4 1942, the real U-612 was accdentally rammed off Danzig by U-444 during trials after construction. She sank with the loss of two men. After refloating and repairs she was deemed unfit for front line action and so was used as a training submarine until the end of the war. On May 2, 1945 she was scuttled to avoid imminent capture by the Russians. She never saw action. See more »

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The boat was leaving at sunrise and into the sun. La Rochelle faces the west. The sun should have been behind the boat. See more »

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Referenced in Das Boot VR Demise (2019) See more »

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Surprisingly good if you're willing to give it a chance
7 December 2018 | by lydeckerrSee all my reviews

First of all: Don't expect this to be either a remake of the original movie or even a sequel, as has been advertised. This show shares some of the DNA with the aforementioned property (most noticeably parts of the iconic soundtrack) but it's really its own thing. It may have been financially prudent to attach the show to the well-established brand because it helped sell it around the world but I feel like the inevitable backlash this always creates when certain expectations are raised and subsequently disappointed may have done more harm than good, as evidenced by most of the user reviews on here so far.

Second of all: I have seen the whole first season, all 8 episodes. Therefore, I think I can fairly judge whether it's a failure or not. I think that overall, the season is a success; however, I thought that the second half of the season was much stronger than the first and really brought everything together. If I had rated the show after having watched only a few episodes, I would have rated it lower. But I still liked it well enough to continue watching it and I'm glad that I did.

Now on to the review:

The show is well-produced. Lookwise, it has a touch of blandness and cleanliness in the early episodes that seems a bit too sterile and not lived-in enough for my taste but I still vastly prefer this over the ridiculously color-graded period drama look of some other contemporary productions. The grittiness increases with the plot and I like that not everyone's covered in grime and sweat right from the start but only when it makes sense due to the situation. The beards also grow exponentially ;)

The acting is a bit stilted in the beginning and the writing a bit forced (especially the parts with the vulgar dialogue) but this improves as the show goes on and by the end I had a great appreciation for the large cast (yes, the characters are a bit indistinguishable at first but you'd be hard-pressed not to be able to tell the difference after a few episodes). As always, there are some stronger actors and some weaker ones but I don't think there's a true weak spot here.

As for the direction: It was the best part in my opinion. It really elevated the writing and managed to bring a lot of inner turmoil of the characters to the surface. Then again, I'm a fan of Andreas Prochaska's work, full disclaimer, guilty as charged.

I will agree with those who say that having two parallel storylines on the land and on the submarine might not have been the smartest decision because it splits the attention of the viewer and most will find themselves wishing that the show would switch back to the other storyline, depending on their preference. I, for one, really enjoyed both storylines, however, and thought that they were well-balanced. In the first half of the season, I enjoyed the resistance storyline more and in the second half, I enjoyed the submarine storyline more, but both managed to add up to a bigger picture in the end.

I'm not quite sure how to sum up how I feel about the show because there's a lot of heavy stuff in it. More than with any other show I've watched in recent memory, it felt very mature and adult in its content and themes. Don't be fooled by the people saying that this is a soap opera. I'd be surprised if anyone called this a soap opera after having watched it all through to the end. There are personal conflicts, of course, but none of them resolve in a remotely cheesy way. If anything, I'd call the conflict solving on this show brutal.

One last thing: I watched the show without a dub and really enjoyed the realism of having the characters speak in the languages they would have realistically communicated in in their respective situations. I also enjoyed seeing such an international cast and was particularly impressed with the French actors.

In any case, I liked the show, even if I found some of the scenes in the later episodes hard to stomach, and I'm glad it was renewed for a second season.


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Release Date:

17 June 2019 (USA) See more »

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$32,800,000 (estimated)
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