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In Enemy Hands (2004)

When American submarine Swordfish is torpedoed the survivors are picked up by a passing German U-boat but an outbreak of meningitis threatens all aboard.

Director:

Tony Giglio

Writers:

John E. Deaver (screenplay), John E. Deaver (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William H. Macy ... Chief of Boat Nathan Travers
Til Schweiger ... Kapitän Jonas Herdt
Thomas Kretschmann ... 1st Watch Officer Ludwig Cremer
Clark Gregg ... Executive Officer Teddy Goodman
Scott Caan ... Lt. Cmdr. Randall Sullivan
Rene Heger ... Quartermaster Klause
Carmine Giovinazzo ... Buck Cooper
Jeremy Sisto ... Jason Abers
A.J. Buckley ... Medical Officer
Sam Huntington ... Virgil Wright
Connor Donne ... Lt. Bauer (as Conner Donne)
Ian Somerhalder ... Danny Miller
Branden Morgan ... Benny Romano
Andy Gatjen ... Christophe
Gavin Hood ... Achilles Captain
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Storyline

At the height of Hitler's infamous U-boat war, the crew of the U.S.S. Swordfish were heading home after months at sea. They never made it. Now prisoners of war aboard U-boat 429, a small group of American survivors will find their loyalties put to the ultimate test when they're forced to join their German captors to fight for their very lives. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Courage, trust and honor. In a time when ordinary men had no choice but to become extraordinary heroes.

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Drama | Thriller | War | Action

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence and language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

19 February 2005 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

U-Boat See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$5,400,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Interesting coincidence that William H Macy, Lauren Holly, and the U.S.S. Swordfish also appear in Down Periscope (1996) as well. See more »

Goofs

The German crew is often seen addressing the officers and NCOs as "Herr <name>". This is inappropriate, German military protocol requires all subordinates to address their superiors with "Herr <rank>". See more »

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[first lines]
Kapitän Jonas Herdt: [narrating] At the outbreak of World War II, Germany increased its U-boat production by 1,000%, mass-producing 17 new U-boats a month. Hitler knew the key to winning the war in Europe was to control the Atlantic. And control it he would. By 1942, German U-boats, working in groups called wolf packs, sunk over 1,000 Allied ships. Their success gave Germany a decisive advantage. They were winning the war. And if this trend continued, all of Europe would fall.
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Good craftsmanship
12 September 2004 | by missmarmiteSee all my reviews

I just rented this film (on DVD) because I liked the cast. In the case of William H Macy, I just trust his choice in scripts. Whatever he chooses to play, should I choose to watch. We seem to have the same taste somehow. So I hoped it would work again with this film.

I'm not interested in submarines, I'm not eager to watch films set in any war, I'm not even particularly fond of Til Schweiger, our German heartthrob, although Thomas Kretschmann is definitely an interesting actor. One to watch, believe me. But still this film fascinated me. So trusting Macy's choice worked once again.

The story had a couple of twists which I always like, dialogue in two languages (one third German, two thirds English) which is even better, and quite well developed (main) characters. All this makes a good film, not brilliant, but good. Good craftsmanship. I liked the German actors's "natural" accents, thankfully they were not forced to have worse accents than they normally have. And I liked in particular that at least in the leading roles it were Germans the filmmakers hired and not some Swedes, Americans or Britons replacing them like in other films like Ronin (Swede= Stellan Skarsgard) or Die Hard (Briton= Alan Rickman).

So, I think I can recommend this film, even to people outside the probable target group of young men. This film is not so much about war and fighting, but about the possibility of enemies working together and even becoming friends if you get the chance to get to know each other better and realizing, we are all humans after all.

8 out of 10.


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