The Enemy Below

1957

The Enemy Below

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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 Enemy Below was the last theatrical film directed by Dick Powell, who hereafter concentrated on his extensive television work. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Robert Mitchum
as Capt. Murrell
Curd Jürgens
as Von Stolberg
David Hedison
as Lt. Ware
Theodore Bikel
as 'Heinie' Schwaffer
Kurt Kreuger
as Von Holem
Frank Albertson
as CPO Crain
Biff Elliot
as Quartermaster
Alan Dexter
as Mackeson
Doug McClure
as Ensign Merry
Joe Di Reda
as Robbins
Ralph Manza
as Lt. Bonelli
Ted Perritt
as Messenger
Jimmy Bays
as Quiroga
Robert Boon
as Chief Engineer
Peter Dane
as Andrews
Ronnie Rondell Jr.
as American Sailor
Ralph Reed
as Fireman
Jack N. Kramer
as German Sailor
Robert Whiteside
as Torpedo Officer
Dan Tana
as German Sailor
Dale Cummings
as German Sailor
Sasha Harden
as German Sailor
Michael McHale
as German Soldier
Joe Brooks
as German Soldier
Thomas Beyl
as FMB Operator
Richard Elmore
as American Sailor
Vince Deadrick
as American Sailor
Dan Nelson
as American Sailor
Roger Cornwell
as German Sailor
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Critic Reviews for The Enemy Below

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Audience Reviews for The Enemy Below

  • Oct 12, 2010
    One of the better films made about submarine and anti-submarine warfare, The Enemy Below takes a unique dual view of the action. It's basically a duel between an escort vessel and the U-Boat that they are hunting, a scenario that's been used in other films like it. While it suffers from the obviously propagandist nature of World War 2 films, it's better than most when it comes to the human non-political nature of this kind of warfare. Curt Jurgens plays his German opponent with his usual grim-faced vigor. The depiction of the action is pretty good by the standards of the day, although the plot is somewhat predictable. The destroyer escort depicted is accurate as to class, and actual crew of a real US destroyer escort were extras in the film. The U-Boat set is less impressive, and fails to capture the cramped nature of the small German boats in the Atlantic. Das Boot still remains the best of this genre, but Enemy Below is pretty competent as to tactics and devices used. Based on a book by a former British Navy officer, the whole scenario closely resembles similar ram-and-sink incidents in the North Atlantic convoy actions. Robert Mitchum played a number of naval officers during his long and varied career, but this is one of his better gutsy performances.
    Mark K Super Reviewer
  • May 31, 2010
    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
  • Jan 21, 2009
    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 T Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2008
    Brilliant. Love the underse death aspect.
    Barry L Super Reviewer

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