PG-13 | | Action, War
A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.
A History Channel review of this movie, which aired soon after its release, included a German World War II U-Boat commander. At the end of the show, he was asked for his opinion of the authenticity of the movie. His response was; "They got one thing right in the movie. There were U-Boats in the North Atlantic during the Second World War."
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler:
What the hell are you doing, huh? This is NOT a God damn democracy!
Although it has been reported that the U-571 had never been captured, there was enough evidence by German headquarters, notably the absence of any messages by U-571 while still under German command, to change the enigma code and render the entire American plot useless, as the Germans had changed the code before whenever there was the slightest hint that the current enigma code had been compromised.
The German version has a title card at the beginning, saying the movie is completely fictitious.
$19,553,310 (USA) (23 April 2000)
$77,086,030 (USA) (13 August 2000)
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