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Das Boot
West Germany
Drama, Thriller, Action, Adventure, History, War
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Wolfgang Petersen
Jürgen Prochnow as Capt.-Lt. Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock - Der Alte
Herbert Grönemeyer as Lt. Werner - Correspondent
Klaus Wennemann as Chief Engineer Fritz Grade - Der Leitende-Der LI
Hubertus Bengsch as 1st Lieutenant - Number One-1WO
Martin Semmelrogge as 2nd Lieutenant - 2WO
Bernd Tauber as Kriechbaum - Chief Quartermaster-Navigator
Erwin Leder as Johann
Martin May as Ullman
Heinz Hoenig as Hinrich (as Heinz Hönig)
Uwe Ochsenknecht as Chief Bosun
Jan Fedder as Pilgrim
Ralf Richter as Frenssen
Joachim Bernhard as Preacher
Storyline: It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so-called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy British shipping. With better escorts of the destroyer class, however, German U-boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of the crew of one such U-Boat, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers and attempted to accomplish impossible missions, all the while attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served.
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The best film I've seen in years
There are very few moments that I have this feeling and I got that feeling when I watched this for the first time today. Lord of the Rings, The Matrix, 2001: A Space Odyssey and a few others I get that same feeling from. Being a Brit I never thought I would be willing the Germans on, but this film is so intense and gripping that it had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. The music, the acting and the script are all done to my full satisfaction. Its made like no other submarine movie I have ever seen. I've never done a review for a film before but I thought this film deserved it. I put this on my top 10 of greatest films of all time, if not top 5. If you can, watch the directors cut.
The most influential war movie of the last quarter of the 20th Century.
This epic masterpiece has influenced nearly all the war movies, many action and suspense movies, and all submarine movies since it's first release in 1981. Especially in the area of realism. If you look for it, you can see it's influence in such different movies as Aliens, Die Hard, Apollo 13, The Alamo, The Right Stuff, The Hunt for Red October, Tears of the Sun, Crimson Tide, Top Gun, K19 the Widowmaker, and many more. I really think Bruce Willis studied Jürgen Prochnow's portrayal of the Captain, among others like Clint Eastwood, to learn how to express emotions with just his eyes and minimal facial expressions.

The movie starts with the grim statistic that of the 40,000 men who served in U-Boats in WWII, 30,000 didn't survive. No other branch of any military service that fought in WWII had 3/4 of the men who served in it KIA. Military historians have noted that if the commander of the German submarine forces, Admiral Karl Donitz, had been provided with most of the 300 U-Boats he asked for to start the war with, (he had 57, only 20 of them suitable for ocean-going operations), he could have effectively cut Great Britain's supply lines, and probably forced them to capitulate. One of the oldest military maxims states: "Amatuers study tactics, professionals study logistics". Thank God Hitler was an amateur!

The cinematography, lighting, sound design, mock-ups, props, and production design set new standards for the industry. Cinematographer Jost Vacano designed a special Arriflex camera to film most of the interior sequences to convey the claustrophobic atmosphere of the boat. It is a miniaturized version of a Steadicam that has 2 gyroscopes for stability. Vacano wore full-body padding to minimize injury as he ran and the mock-up was rocked and shaken. Wolfgang Petersen insisted that every gage, control, hatch, torpedo tube, piece of equipment, and fitting in the hydraulically mounted interior mock-up had to exactly match that of a Type VIIC-class U-boat, down to the smallest screw. This attention to detail extended to virtually every aspect of the production. Here's an interesting sidelight. All of the main actors speak fluent English as well as German; when the film was dubbed into English, each actor recorded his own part. The German version is actually dubbed as well; the film itself was shot "silent", since in any case the dialog spoken on-set would have been drowned out by the gyroscopes in the special camera developed for filming. I saw the subtitled version when it was first released in the US, and own the Director's cut on DVD. I prefer to watch it with the English language soundtrack, and I swear that it's so well synchronized with the actor's lip movements that I can't tell that it's dubbed!

The strong ensemble cast, many of whom went on to successful careers in the German and American entertainment industry, is an integral part of the movie's success. Since they are listed on the main movie page, I'm not going to duplicate it here. Most of the filming was done in one year; to make the appearance of the actors as realistic as possible, scenes were filmed in sequence over the course of the year. This ensured natural growth of beards and hair, increasing skin pallor, and signs of strain on the actors, who had, just like real U-boat men, spent many months in a cramped, unhealthy atmosphere. Throughout the filming, the actors were forbidden to go out into the sunlight, to create the pallor of men who seldom saw the sun during their missions. The actors went through intensive training to learn how to move quickly through the narrow confines of the vessel. Movies like this, The Great Escape, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy form the basis of a strong argument that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences needs to add an award category for best ensemble cast. Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, the captain of the real U-96, survived the war and was one of the consultants for this movie.

To me, the saddest thought that occurs to me every time I see it is that they wasted all that incredible courage on the biggest A$$HOLE in human history, Adolph Hitler. Boo! Hiss! Pbththt! (The last is a Bronx cheer!) These sentiments are for AH, not the movie. To learn more about it, see the article on Wikipedia. This is one of those movies EVERYONE should watch at least once in their life.
One of the best films of ANY genre!
When movies are at their best, they can take the viewer completely into a different world. Watching this movie again, I felt very much transported.

It seems unfair to call this a submarine movie because it is so much better rendered than any other offering from that genre. Das Boot transcends all the necessary clichés and tells an amazing story in an incredibly convincing way. In this rare instance, the writers understand that the truth is plenty fascinating, with no need for exaggerated action or melodrama.

Technically, this film is a marvel. The camera work is astounding, most of it done hand-held in a real submarine environment where it's hard enough to move, let alone shoot a movie. What special effects there are blend in so seamlessly, it's hard to imagine how they could have made this picture without putting the cast in harm's way.

It's a delight to see the director's cut which feels very natural in its pacing. There are long, slow sections which are not boring to watch, but they effectively illustrate what the crew has to endure as they wait weeks on end for some real action. When the action finally comes, the buildup is tremendous. Few movies match Das Boot's dynamic range.

All the technical and dramatic devices are in perfect harmony with the human element. One quickly forgets how this crew is fighting for Hitler's Third Reich. They're really just a bunch of kids, lead by a jaded captain. Their ordeal becomes so severe, it's impossible not to have sympathy for them. Because of this, Das Boot should be ranked among the very best of all war films.
A gripping, realistic, and forever haunting depiction of War's hellish nature ...
If you asked me why I expressed so much contempt toward pseudo 'great war' movies like "Saving Private Ryan" or "Inglourious Basterds", the answer is quite simple. Because there is still a certain breed of films that managed to perfectly capture the essence of War, among them, the masterpiece "Apocalypse Now", closely followed by the one I will review now: "Das Boot".

"Das Boot", the boat, what a title! Very restrained, yet extremely meaningful, for two reasons : first, it sets the film, the U-Boat commanded by the experienced and respected Captain Lieutenant Lehmann-Willenbrock, the boat as a Goddess-like character in the film, who has the power to kill or spare her infants. Secondly, the language: German. The protagonists are German and if you look at them at Nazis, you miss the point. The film doesn't invite us to cheer for guys who belong to the bad side, but to reconsider our own approach to War. Spielberg makes glorious War movies with simplistic 'good vs. bad guys' formulas, when he should have taken some lessons of realism from Wolfgang Petersen who made a movie about … men. They are only men who happen to wear one military suit, and we can't blame them for wearing 'the bad one'.

Indeed, there is a lot to root for in the beginning, as they are not the cruel and stereotypical Germans, cinema used to portray, we're not in "Stalag 17" anymore, and the United States doesn't have the monopoly of War movies. A German director makes a movie about German soldiers for a change, and without any bias. He even, detached the main characters from any Nazi etiquette. At the drunken party in La Rochelle, the two veteran officers express very cynical ideas about Hitler : nice touch from Petersen not to portray the leads as zealous fanatics. The rest of the crew follows the orders, and during the first sequence, they just drink, dance, shout and vomit. The realism again works on a double level, it helps us to feel empathy for these young rosy-cheeked boys and pity at the same time; because this party could be their last. The fun is so extreme it almost looks like a last burst of youth and amusement before the serious adult stuff happens.

And when it starts, you just have to hold your breath and prepare yourself for one of the most nightmarish and hellish journeys ever, making "Apocalypse Now"'s mission look like a cruise. It's a modern odyssey conducted by one of the most haunting cinematic scores ever, and a beautiful cinematography. And the central character of this odyssey is Lieutenant Werner, the Correspondent. We discover the boat through his eyes, and share his discomfort among the regulars. He represents the audience, the coming-of-age element of the story, and inspires through his clumsiness some very interesting statements from the Captain, like in the beginning, when he asks him to wait till the soldiers have grown beards before taking pictures of them. They still look too shamefully young, but as the movie goes on, their facial features become mature and likelier to make us accept a tragic fate. Facing other clean-shaved and well-dressed officers later, we notice the difference; they didn't act like Nazis; at the end, they don't even look like soldiers. "Das Boot" creates indeed a quite alienating environment, like living a War in microcosm.

There's a growing feeling of claustrophobia invading our hearts, as we're embarked with these men making the empathy work on a physical level. When they listen to the ultrasonic detector with that scary repetitive sound, you know the shock is imminent. The question is: when? The thrills are so intolerable that the shock comes almost as a relief. But the worst has yet to come when they're hit by a flight attack that cause their sinking. It goes down, deeper and deeper, even below the pressure limit the previous false alarm taught us. It's a suffocating experience, and an extraordinary thrilling moment ... For my part, I literally held my breath, couldn't even gulp, didn't know what I was waiting for. Since there were Germans, and we know they won't win the War, they could really die in the boat, but that would have been too predictable I guess. And from the way they handled the crisis, becoming just men, crying, going mad, praying, struggling, while driven by their self-conservation instinct, we understand, that they're only victims of the alienating effect War applies on human minds, and when they think their fate sealed, they realize that all the military pride is just bullshit.

But the ending is probably what saddened me the most, not to mention the shock. After all they went through, they died anyway, on the harbor, at their arrival. The point? I guess if the Germans were not the good guys of WWII, when it came to the individual battles, it was just a side against another one, they were still fathers, brothers, sons, lovers, dying there. We feel uncomfortable in the scene where they refuse to help the poor Allies soldiers drowning after the bombing of their destroyer, but in a way, it's another sign of maturity from the German director: now they are the 'poor' soldiers, every death is tragic … And we feel sad because we rooted for them. The second point, is to show that after having understood the very pointlessness of War when they were in the bottom, they simply lowered their guard again, drunken by the appetite of victory, which transformed their joy into hysterical screams of disbelief during the bombings. As if you must lose in order to understand the meaning of War.

Which might explain why the best War movies are still about wars that were lost, after all ...
What impresses me the most about the film, as the title makes apparent, is that it's a German made film about a German U-boat. Patriotism for my own country would tend to make me hate the crew on this ship by definition (especially if portrayed as typical mindless killing machine Nazis), but these characters are so well developed and played like human-beings facing difficult decisions that I find myself sympathizing with these guys.

I love the flow and pacing of the Director's Cut; it takes its time, and does not feel like typical Hollywood formula "first major plot point at minute 12" cookie-cutter routine. Das Boot gives us plenty of time to know these characters, discover how they kill time while waiting for orders, how they feel about their job and each other. Then when the action finally starts: how they deal with the possibility of dying deep underwater, how they react to the sounds of a sub going deeper than it should, the look on their faces as a destroyer is heard pinging them, and dozens of little personality quirks--subtle details that bring the crew to life. It truly does feel like an epic about a submarine crew, and I'm interested in some day viewing the 6 hour TV version.

The underwater battles somewhat remind me of Sergio Leone in that Wolfgang Peterson takes forever and a day to get the fights started. Unlike Leone, once the torpedos are launched and the depth charges dropped, the cat-and-mouse game is ongoing and relentless, but never boring.

And despite the fact that most of the film takes place inside a cramped submarine, Das Boot is never boring to look at; in fact, it's a visually spectacular film (given the dated special effects, who hold up reasonably well and add to the old-school charm). And the freedom of the camera in those tight corridors came as an incredibly pleasant surprise. The color and composition of the shots in those tight quarters -- particularly upon approaching the first destroyer when we get the first real glimpse of the interior prepped for war -- it is both haunting and beautiful.

Jurgen Prochnow delivers the most believable performance of a ship captain I've ever seen on film. All the emotions register on his face--his concern for his own life, ship, and crew; his hatred for the decisions he's forced to make; the disbelieving joy of beating the overwhelming odds--while simultaneously holding it back so the crew sees a strong unmoving man forever in control of the situation. His performance is, in a word, brilliant.

The rest of the cast also delivers amazingly believable performances, and trust me, I could write an entire review on the film's characters and their portrayals. It's both disappointing and satisfying that I'm not given enough space to do so (I wish I could state that about a tenth of the films I've reviewed here on IMDb.) I liked the entire crew of this U-boat, the war correspondent and his character arc as he realizes the truth behind these "heroes", the chief and his longing to return to his wife, Johann and the story of his redemption--all well cast, well acted, and believable.

Another aspect I adored about Das Boot - the controversial scenes simply rolled by with no more or less emphasis than any other statement the film makes. In fact, I saw the film before really reading anything or researching it and found myself somewhat shocked to hear about these "talked about" scenes. Granted, the film does pose some moral questions, but I felt the film handled it with grace and great subtlety, showing what it needs to get the point across and not a step further . . . unlike typical Hollywood where controversy gets bold print, italics, and a highlighter. Maybe I should move to Germany.

I can go on for a long while: Over three hours of wonderful visuals and strong performances, a sparse but great score (this film's lack of music is quite appropriate, making the presence of music much more impactful in its key places). Realistic writing from people who lived the experience first hand. As I said, I can go on for awhile but I'll sum it up and end this review with one statement: Das Boot is the definitive submarine movie.
Claustrophobic, Intense, and Excellent!
There are some films that have defined a new genre in cinematography. Wolfgang Petersen's epic "Das Boot" is one of them, as it has introduced the "submarine war film", a genre that later included hits such as "The Hunt for the Red October", "Crimson Tide", etc. However, although several fascinating films located in submarines have been produced to date, none can be compared to Petersen's masterpiece. "Das Boot", although nearly four hours long and set in basically the same location throughout its duration, is a breath-taking experience during which you are hooked to it from the first moment until the last.

"Das Boot" is the story of U-Boot captain Kapitanleutnant Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock (Prochnow) a.k.a. "Der Alte", and his crew, while they carry out a mission in the Atlantic. The story is viewed through the eyes of war correspondent Lt. Werner (Gronemeyer), who is accompanying the crew in this mission; Werner is standing out as a total stranger in the beginning, but throughout the ordeal he eventually blends completely with the team and becomes an inseparable part of the whole. There are also other theoretically major characters in the film, such as Leitende Fritz Grade, the 1st and 2nd WO, etc., but in the end it boils down that in fact there is NO major character: The major character of the film is actually the U-Boot itself, and all the people inside it are simply parts of this "character".

Petersen delivers an amazingly claustrophobic atmosphere inside the U-Boot which looks like a human trap. (An example of the unbelievably cramped space is that when the officers are dining, the occasional sailor who needs to pass through asks for "permission to pass", and someone has to stand up to make room for him!). More importantly, he is studying exquisitely the personalities inside the U-Boot and their interactions. Several minor sub-plots develop throughout the film, but they simply serve to enhance the major plot, which is none other than the story of the submarine's mission, portrayed from beginning to end.

The movie graphically portrays the agony and terror of the crew as they go through their ordeal, as well as their gradual transformation from frightened kids to battle-hardened comrades-in-arms. You cannot escape from empathizing with them: When they almost asphyxiate due to insufficient oxygen, the viewer himself feels that he also needs to gasp for air...

When "Das Boot" came out in 1981, it became a big hit, and understandably so. But its biggest success has been that it has managed to establish itself as an iconic film, and after nearly 30 years it still the best of the genre it itself has created. 10/10.
Simply one of the best
I find it difficult to put into words just how good this film is. I really don't think there is any part that lets it down. Sound, acting, direction, script – it's all right up there with the best.

Put aside an evening, telephone on answering machine, tell your friends not to call that night – it is a film that deserves to be watched, not talked through. Get the directors cut version, set to German with subtitles (I really don't think it is as good in English). And just watch it!

And the quote that sums the film up, actors, film crew, them all –

"You have to have good men. Good men, all of them."
Das Boot (the boat) is without doubt one of the finest movies ever!
This is a review of the DVD version of the 1997 "Das Boot - The Director's Cut".

I remember, in 1981, when this movie came out and received so much acclaim. I didn't see it, mostly because it didn't sound very interesting, and I didn't like watching sub-tilted movies.

I still would not have watched it if my neighbor hadn't brought over his DVD and said, "you have to watch this."

I was overwhelmed. It is one of the very finest movies I have ever seen (I'm in my 50s), maybe even the very best! Yes, it is about war. Set in 1941, it is about the German U-boat fleet. A statistic shown at the beginning says "40,000 German men were sent out on U-boats and 30,000 never returned." This movie is about one of those U-boats, its battles, and the lives of its crew. Two-thirds into the movie the captain says, "You have to have good men. Good men, all of them." And that's really what this movie is all about.

Even though it is almost 3 1/2 hours long, it never becomes dull or boring. Even if you don't like "war" movies. It is based on actual events, and will probably make you want to never serve on a submarine! I watched half on successive nights.

This DVD is the "Director's Cut" which is (we are told in the extra features) almost like a new movie. All sound tracks were digitally remastered. Scenes were totally re-edited and 60 minutes total were added. New "foley" editing was done to provide 8 tracks of sound (down to 6 on the Dolby Digital 5.1 on the DVD). And, of course, it has both German and English language dialog tracks. All the main characters came back to work on this movie to dub in their own voices in English, so they look and sound authentic. You forget very quickly that it is a dubbed version.

And the sound! You'd better have a super subwoofer, because the dynamic range of sound is amazing. Explosions are the most realistic sounding I've heard on a home theater system. And the perfect surround sound balancing makes it seem like you are really in the submarine.

Do yourself a big favor - see the new release of "Das Boot" if you haven't already.
Life in a Sardine Can
In this superb drama, we get into the lives of the crew of a German submarine. It is a small submarine, and their individual lives are melded into the claustrophobic constricted world in which they live. Every action has a reaction. Everything is done with the knowledge that a single slip up will lead to their destruction. They face a series of death defying maneuvers and escapes, losing a little of themselves whenever they survive. The war is the enemy, and these men would have meant nothing to those in power. As with most wars, we redefine the value of human life and put others ahead of the common man. The terror of each moment, each challenge, is magnified. They probably don't know what it is for except someone has told them it is important.

I will not spoil the conclusion, but I will say that it is apt and arbitrary, just as their lives have been. This is a really effective film because it doesn't allow the audience to relax for even a moment. When it's over, we want out as much as the guys on the boat.
One of the finest war movies ever made
Actually it does not do the movie justice to call it a war movie. The war movie genre doesn't lend itself to many classics. For me the movie is about male camaraderie in the face of grim, overwhelming circumstances. The stoic captain maintains discipline below the waves despite everything. He is perfectly cast. It is one of those few movies that actually improves with each viewing. Apart from the above, the movie is also interesting in that it is from the German viewpoint (and made by Germans). The acting is superb and the scenes realistic. As with most foreign language movies, it should be watched subtitled. (Although the movie makes we want to go out and learn German, just to experience the movie more fully)
📹 Das Boot full movie HD download 1981 - Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May, Heinz Hoenig, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Jan Fedder, Ralf Richter, Joachim Bernhard, Oliver Stritzel - West Germany. 📀