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U-571 (2000)

PG-13 | | Action, War | 21 April 2000 (USA)
A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.

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Jonathan Mostow

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Jonathan Mostow (story), Jonathan Mostow (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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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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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$77,086,030

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$127,666,415
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS (8 channels)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The caption before the end credits, detailing the fact that the Royal Navy captured the first Enigma machine, was only added after an outcry in Britain, where it was believed that Hollywood was trying to claim the credit for the Americans (whose forces captured no German Naval Enigma material until 1944). See more »

Goofs

During the party scene in the beginning of the movie a sailor is clearly shown drinking a modern twist off bottle of Budweiser beer. See more »

Quotes

Marine Maj. Coonan: How deep does this thing go?
Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: Oh, she'll go all the way to the bottom if we don't stop her.
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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 »

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References Star Trek (1966) 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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Great Action Film
23 April 2000 | by jg2firecatSee all my reviews

I saw U-571 last Friday.

I loved every second of it. Throughout the movie, I don't know who's knuckles were whiter; mine clutching the theatre seat, or the actors who grabbed whatever they could while being depth-charged.

This movie was pure non-stop action, from beginning to end. You are there, really there, experiencing the gripping fear of submarine warfare.

I believe that was the intention of the movie and if so, accomplished that superbly. I think the acting, camera work, and sound was excellent.

Now, regarding other issues.

The movie is NOT historical; it is fictional. It is based (loosely) on history (history being that there once were German and Allied submarines that fought in a war known as World War II, and that there was a German code machine the Allies called the "enigma").

Not only is it not historical regarding the event (the capturing of U-571 and the enigma code machine by Americans) but in many other areas such as what submarines of that era and their weapons could and could not do (such as dogfighting underwater with torpedo's).

Don't look for character development either. There isn't much. It's more like the first 1/2 hour of "Saving Private Ryan" (the landing on the beach episode ) throughout the length of the movie.

Thankfully, in my opinion of what a "war" movie should be, it was not muddled up with "love" scenes or anything stupid and mushy like most are. And also, thankfully, there wasn't "angel music" playing all the time. The second "trailer" was misleading in that it showed a ball-room dance, leading the viewer to believe there was some "love" interests, and played angel music, of which there was neither in the movie. It was just man-to-man combat and basic survival.

I hope everyone who sees it will enjoy it for what it is and not concentrate on, or blame it for what it isn't.

Enough analyzing -- Go see it! I suggest choosing a modern theatre with a big-screen and digital sound system.

Salut!

JG2"FireCat!


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