PG-13 | | Action, War
A German submarine is boarded by disguised American submariners trying to capture their Enigma cipher machine.
When the "U-571" leaves the Navy port at the beginning of its turn, marine ships from the former East Germany (DDR) are shown in the background. The so-called "coast mine seekers" (corvettes), built for the East German Navy "Volksmarine" from the ... ...
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler:
Tank, you alive back there?
Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens: Yes, sir.
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Good. Port ahead two-thirds.
Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens: Port ahead two-thirds. Aye, sir.
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Tank... can you fix the stern tube?
Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens: I don't know, Mr. Tyler.
Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: I don't want an "I don't know." Can you fix the torpedo tube? Yes... or no?
Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens: Yes, sir. I ...
Several times the American crew of U-571 mention that the starboard engine is out, but every time you see an underwater shot both of the screws are turning equally. Submarine propulsion screws are driven by electric motors, there is no direct connection to the diesel engines. The engines are connected to generators which run the propulsion motors and charge the batteries. As long as the batteries are charged, the sub can run both screws without either engine running.
At least one version of the theatrical release contained no subtitles for the opening scene aboard the German submarine. This was possibly to increase dramatic effect, placing emphasis on the acting and visuals rather than the dialogue.
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