The Enemy Below (1957)




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Movie Info

The Enemy Below is a study of submarine warfare from the vantage point of both sides. Robert Mitchum plays the captain of an American destroyer, who despite having lost his family in the war endeavors to let his head rule his heart in combat. Curt Jurgens co-stars as a German U-boat commander, depicted as being as honorable and compassionate as Mitchum. The two men develop a grudging mutual respect as they pursue one another throughout the North Atlantic. Based on a novel by D. A. Rayner, The … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Wendell Mayes
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 25, 2004


as Capt. Murrell

as Von Stolberg

as Lt. Ware

as 'Heinie' Schwaffer

as Von Holem

as CPO Crain

as Quartermaster

as Mackeson

as Ensign Merry

as Robbins

as Lt. Bonelli

as Messenger

as Quiroga

as Chief Engineer

as Andrews

as American Sailor

as Fireman

as German Sailor

as Torpedo Officer

as German Sailor

as German Sailor

as German Sailor

as German Soldier

as German Soldier

as FMB Operator

as American Sailor

as American Sailor

as American Sailor

as German Sailor
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Critic Reviews for The Enemy Below

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This WWII drama, centering on the suspenseful warfare between rival sumarine officers, German (Curt Jurgens) and American (Robert Mitchum, deservedly won the Special Effects Oscar.

Full Review… | January 28, 2012

While recognizing that it's not any sort of great piece of acting by Robert Mitchum or a searing portrait of war, if one accepts The Enemy Below as an action-filled war movie, it's thoroughly entertaining stuff.

Full Review… | March 14, 2011
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Audience Reviews for The Enemy Below

Two fine actors Mitchum and Jurgens make this worth watching.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A real nail-biter of a film about a naval destroyer, captained by Robert Mitchum, playing cat and mouse during WWII with a German U-Boat, captained by Curt Jurgens. The film doesn't pick sides for the most part, showing respect for both crews, and particularly both captains as they try to predict each other's moves. It shows that even though we may be "enemies" politically, we are not really any different from each other. Such a good film I was almost late for work because I needed to see how it ended.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer

It's Curd Jürgens vs. Robert Mitchum in this technically accurate battle of wits. An American destroyer stalks a German U-boat across the South Atlantic. An intelligent homage to WWII sailors on both sides.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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