The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Klaus Wennemann ...
Hubertus Bengsch ...
1st Lieutenant - Number One-1WO
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2nd Lieutenant - 2WO
Bernd Tauber ...
Kriechbaum - Chief Quartermaster-Navigator
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Johann
Martin May ...
Ullman
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Hinrich (as Heinz Hönig)
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Chief Bosun
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Ralf Richter ...
Frenssen (as Ralph Richter)
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Preacher
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Storyline

It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so-called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy British shipping. With better escorts of the destroyer class, however, German U-boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of the crew of one such U-Boat, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers and attempted to accomplish impossible missions, all the while attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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The other side of the Battle of the Atlantic. See more »


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Rated R for some war violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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10 February 1982 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,369 (USA) (6 April 1997)

Gross:

$11,487,676 (USA) (9 November 2013)
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Trivia

The only surviving class 7C U-Boat is in a Chicago museum, so a full-size floating replica of the exterior was built. Clever editing made this look like three different boats in the La Rochelle pens. Before filming began, it was used by Steven Spielberg for Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981). The replica comprised three sections, which started to break apart during filming at sea - in the scene following the crew singing "It's A Long Way From Tipperary", a crack can be seen between the first & second sections, midway between the gun which points forward and the crewman with his arms down. That night the replica was blown out to sea and destroyed, but enough parts were salvaged from the surrounding beaches to reconstruct about 2/3rds of the replica, though this now required some extra flotation devices. See more »

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During the first encounter with a convoy, a lieutenant (the one who wears a sweater) gets out of bed with his hair a mess and in his face. After he climbs to the bridge in the next shot, his hair is perfectly combed and out of his face. This clearly indicates he owns and knows how to use a comb. See more »

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Kriechbaum: [to Werner] The Mediterranean. They're fools. It's perfect prospects for drowning.
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Muss i' denn zum Städtele hinaus
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Written by Friedrich Silcher
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15 years and I'm still thinking about it
8 September 1999 | by (Southwestern Indiana) – See all my reviews

Das Boot is not just a great war film: it's a great film period. Maybe it is true that epic themes make the greatest novels and films. Here is a movie that explores heroism, duty, patriotism, hope, fear and the futility of war--all grand themes--explored in the confined, and collapsing, spaces of a German u-boat.

I saw this film when I was a freshman in college during a weekend that I later dubbed my "depressing movie festival." (The Wall and Apocalypse Now were the other weekend "entries.") Of these films, it was Das Boot that haunted me--when I laid down at night, I saw Jurgen Proctow's pained blue eyes. When I woke in the morning, I felt as if I were escaping through the hatch of the submarine. I could not shake the images, and now some fifteen years later, I still remember how completely meaningless the movie made everything seem, and the nihilistic message stayed with me for a long, long time. How few films are there which affect the viewers on this level. To say this film is "powerful" seems so weak a description.

Part of the "power" of the film comes, I think, from a certain restraint in the direction. So often, films which aspire to move the audience quickly fall into melodrama, over-acting, and overblown images. Too much. These often succeed in the immediate response (usually crying) but fail to impact the viewer on anything more than a surface level. Here, it is the small moments which fill the screen. Everywhere, all around is War, but for these men as we witness them, war does not begin with a capital "W". It is reality, not a grand concept. The director lets the story shock and horrify the audience, not by forcing it, but by letting the story just tell itself. Drama, tension and resolution occur naturally in Das Boot, which contributes to the very real impact of the film.

Story is a 10, direction is a 10, acting is a 10 and the cinematography is a 10. One of the all-time greatest films.


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