R | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.
The film omits references to a scene in the novel where Lieutenant Werner reads some of the First Officer's diary and in fact gains respect for the man who is otherwise generally disliked by the other officers.
Our patrol planes! Where are they? Answer that one, Herr Goering! The British have plenty of them! Talking big is all he's good for, that fat slob.
The airplane attacking the submarine at night, while it attempts to cross Gibraltar looks like a Hawker Hurricane. Gibraltar was home to 202 RAF Squadron which was equipped with Anti-submarine planes only, like Consolidated Catalina or Short Sunderland.
A 293-minute version touted as the "original uncut version" and released on DVD in the US in 2004 is actually the original German television miniseries version. This previously aired in the U.S. on cable television's Encore channel.
(O, du schöner Westerwald)
Written by Josef Neuhauser
German, English, French
$68,369 (USA) (6 April 1997)
$11,487,676 (USA) (9 November 2013)