R | | Adventure, Drama, Thriller
The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth and sheer terror.
A sixth officer mentioned in the novel, and omitted from the film, is the 2nd Engineer who joins the boat on a training cruise in order to take over for the Chief Engineer at the end of the patrol. The 2nd Engineer does not socialize or dine with ... ...
You have to have good men. Good men, all of them.
The captain of the 'Weser' takes the 1st Lieutenant for the U-boot's captain, and addresses him accordingly as 'Kapitänleutnant'. Now the Lieutenant, in perfect dress, clearly displays the double stripes of his actual rank. It is difficult to imagine any naval officer making such a mistake. But the movie (unlike the novel) depicts the Weser's captain as some kind of an operetta officer. Even so, he is very formal, and such a blunder does not seem very compatible.
German, English, French
$68,369 (USA) (6 April 1997)
$11,487,676 (USA) (9 November 2013)