Das Boot (1981)

R   |    |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller


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

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  • Wolfgang Petersen and Lothar G. Buchheim in Das Boot (1985)
  • Ortwin Freyermuth and Hannes Nikel in Das Boot (1985)
  • Bernd Tauber in Das Boot (1985)
  • Edwige Pierre and Martin Semmelrogge in Das Boot (1985)
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  • Erwin Leder in Das Boot (1985)

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Director:

Wolfgang Petersen

Writers:

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

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16 October 2004 | st_soulboy
10
| Nearly four hours long, and never a dull moment!
The first time I saw this film I could not take my eyes from it. I was mesmerized with the transition of a hearty young crew leaving port evolving as the sheer moments of terror (deep under water battles and personal struggles as well as the final scene) lead them all to rethink their actual cause, and their very own mortality (as well as our own in the perils of war!). I can't imagine another film actually displaying what it must have been like to be on one of Nazi Germany's U-boats - young nationalist boys being plucked from their mother's bosom and cast into the claustrophobic iron wolfs in the heat and height of the second world war, who begin to doubt the cause and victory of the fuhrer they've been taught to love and trust. Very colorful, contrasting characters and a script and plot thick with surprises and emotional drama/trauma. Top-notch direction, action, acting and sets. This is perhaps the greatest movie ever made in my opinion. Sorry I couldn't be more specific with the review, there is just too much to cover without spoiling anything for those yet to enjoy it, and thus I just highly recommend it to anybody, not just war movie buffs. I have seen both the regular version and the director's cut (which I own on DVD now) and I must say that the DC is superior. A masterpiece!

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