Das Boot (1981)

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


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  • Erwin Leder in Das Boot (1985)
  • Wolfgang Petersen in Das Boot (1985)
  • Wolfgang Petersen in Das Boot (1985)
  • Jürgen Prochnow and Heinz Hoenig in Das Boot (1985)
  • Ortwin Freyermuth and Hannes Nikel in Das Boot (1985)
  • Wolfgang Petersen and Lothar G. Buchheim in Das Boot (1985)

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Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

Wolfgang Petersen (screenplay), Lothar G. Buchheim (novel)

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29 July 2004 | JonDavidCampbell
10
| Gripping, Compelling, Intense, Suspenseful, Realistic
"Das Boot" is a classic. This film couldn't be more intense and emotionally draining. It is a work of genius. Jurgen Prochnaw gives a spectacular performance as the German U-Boat Captain. The acting is first rate as the cast of characters is as realistic and believable as it gets. Don't watch this film unless you are absolutely prepared to immerse yourself into the drama of life as a crewman aboard a German submarine during war. This is a very rare portrayal of battle through the eyes of our enemy and will actually have you cheering for the "bad guys" at times. This is a one of a kind movie that must be seen to be believed. Words in a review cannot describe the experience of "Das Boot." A tremendous film! A 12 on a scale of 10!

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Trivia

One of the few foreign language films that is primarily referred to on the American market by its original foreign title rather than its translated English title.


Quotes

Captain: Out boatswain's mate. Been on quite a bender tonight.


Goofs

In a rather famous sequence of the movie/TV-series, Bootsmann Lamprecht (Uwe Ochsenknecht's character) informs the crew that their football-team (Schalke 04) had just lost 5:0 and was "out of the running" (in a non-specified competition). Given the time-frame of the movie (early Oct. to 24 Dec. 1941), this is historically wrong. While the German national championship during this time used a KO-system in its final stages (unlike today), the final for the 40/41-season was held in June '41 and that of the 41/42-season in July '42. Neither date fits the time-frame of the movie and in any case, Schalke made it to both finals (losing in 40/41 and winning in 41/42) - so they never got eliminated in either season. In fact, Schalke was such a dominant team during this time, that they only lost a single match (the final) during the entire 40/41 league-championship. The only other competition they could be talking about is the German Cup ("Tschammerpokal") of 1941, whose semi-finals and final fit the time-frame (12 Oct and 2 Nov, respectively). However: In that competition, Schalke won their semi-final (6:0) and only lost in the final (2:1 against Dresdner SC).


Alternate Versions

Theatrical release is 145-minutes long, edited down from a six-hour miniseries developed for German television (available in Germany on home video)


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Varsity Rag
(uncredited)
Music by
Ray Henderson

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Genres

Adventure | Drama | Thriller | War

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