Das Boot

1981

Das Boot

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Taut, breathtakingly thrilling, and devastatingly intelligent, Das Boot is one of the greatest war films ever made.

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Average Rating: 4.2/5

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It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy English shipping. With better escorts of the Destroyer Class, however, German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of one such U-Boat crew, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers, attempted to accomplish impossible missions, while all the time attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served.

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Cast

Klaus Wennemann
as Chief Engineer
Hubertus Bengsch
as 1st Lt./Number One
Martin Semmelrogge
as 2nd Lieutenant
Heinz Hoenig
as Hinrich
U.A. Ochsen
as Chief Bosun
Erwin Leder
as Johann `The Ghost'
Bernd Tauber
as Chief Quartermaster
Martin May
as Midshipman Ullmann
Jan Fedder
as Pilgrim
Ralf Richter
as Frenssen
Konrad Becker
as Bockstiegel
Martin Hemme
as Bruckenwilli
Roger Barth
as Thomas Boxhammer
Christian Bendomir
as Gunther Franke
Albert Kraml
as Norbert Fronwald
Peter Pathenis
as Jean-Claude Hoffmann
Ferdinand Schaal
as Helmut Neumeier
Rolf Weber
as Wilhelm Pietsch
Lothar Zajicek
as Dirk Salomon
Otto Sander
as Thomsen
Günter Lamprecht
as Captain of the Weser
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Critic Reviews for Das Boot

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (11)

Das Boot is a psychological thriller of the first order. The fact that the setting is a war is, amazingly and interestingly, only incidental to its points.

Apr 27, 2018 | Full Review…

Everything described in the film is authentic.

Feb 23, 2012 | Full Review…
Variety
Top Critic

The film has no qualities beyond its formal polish.

Dec 9, 2011 | Full Review…

Agripping, impressively detailed account of one harrowing voyage by a German U-boat during World War II.

Mar 19, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Petersen's shooting style displays a breathtaking, if impersonal and faintly academic, virtuosity comparable to that of Lean or Coppola.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

Das Boot is yet another moving testament to the wastefulness of battle.

Aug 30, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Das Boot

A tense, claustrophobic and intense film that makes us empathize with soldiers from the wrong side of an inglorious war, and what a a terrific cinematography and outstanding sound and sound design, especially considering that the whole movie was shot silent and later re-dubbed.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

Speaking as a submarine veteran of both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, this is by far the grittiest, most realistic sub movie I've ever seen. Technically and emotionally stunning.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

An extraordinary well-made, politically savvy submarine movie concerning a group of German soldiers during WW2 who have doubts concerning the direction of the Nazi regime, but have no say in the matter when they are ordered to go out sea and search for enemy vessels. One has to give director Wolfgang Peterson a ton of credit for being so bold in attempting to get the audience on the side of a group of Nazis, a task which he does successfully through the use of subtly showing their doubts and uncertainty that they are fighting for the right cause. The twists and plotting that are on display here are something you could not script any better, as Peterson's shrewd camera work coupled with his ability to gauge when to hold his audience in suspense or deliver the excitement in bundles proves to be captivating. The final, devastating twist single-handedly pushes this movie into "elite" status, as it is one that is so emotionally ravaging and unexpected that it will leave you stunned upon conclusion. Without question one of the best foreign films constructed, and one that demands repeat viewings over one's lifespan.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Wolfgang Petersen did something I felt was impossible... I actually found myself kind of rooting for the Germans in this WWII set film. Great performances from all of the cast and it is good to see that even the enemy is just doing what they also think is right.

Thomas Johnston
Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

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