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The Enemy Below (1957)


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Release Date: Dec 25, 1957 Wide



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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


Drama, Action & Adventure, Classics

Wendell Mayes

May 25, 2004


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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.

January 28, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

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.

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune
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Audience Reviews for The Enemy Below

The concluding action sequence seems a little over the top for a serious film but the intended message is clear. It is this 'two sides to every war' message that puts this film above the rest in my opinion although it's still very much an American film. As much as I love Robert Mitchum, i'm not sure he'd have been my first choice as the American captain but Kurt Jurgens couldn't have been more suitable as the German skipper grown tired of the war but not without honour.
March 12, 2014

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Two fine actors Mitchum and Jurgens make this worth watching.
September 11, 2012
jay nixon

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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.
May 31, 2010

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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.
April 8, 2010
Randy Tippy

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