PG-13 | | Action, War
A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.
Parts of the movie's score are obviously taken from Star Trek - First Contact.
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler:
Who's the boarding party?
Marine Maj. Coonan: Well, since you're the XO, you sir. Mr. Emmett, Mr. Larson, Mr. Hirsh and nine of your ships company. Captain, of course, will remain onboard the S-33.
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Mister, our boys are submarine sailors, not combat marines.
Marine Maj. Coonan: Boys ...
When the U-571 sends its distress message, the toothed wheels of the Enigma machine are visible while three characters of text are typed. The right-hand wheel should advance with every character, but it clearly does not; in a close-up we see it advance correctly once, then on the next character it just starts to move and falls back. Presumably the filmmakers used a real wartime Enigma machine that, after 55 years, was not in good working order.
The theatrical version contained some captions before the end credits, explaining that the Enigma was, in real-life, recovered by the British Royal Navy, and not by the American Navy as portrayed in this movie. The captions have been removed on the R2 DVD.
$19,553,310 23 April 2000