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May 10, 2017
A tactical duel between an experienced US destroyer captain and a veteran U-Boat commander. A solid movie that is most effective when it concentrates on the adversaries' thrusts and counter-thrusts. The film loses its way a bit when considering the two captains' mutual respect as they sometimes display chivalry more suited to 14th century knights. Technically convincing, with Robert Mitchum and Curd Jurgens in good form as the protagonists, and the humanist values easy to swallow even if a little over the top.
March 14, 2017
Not a bad sub action movie.
September 11, 2016
Tense cat-and-mouse encounter in the South Atlantic. Terrific atmosphere created throughout. Interestingly, it's the mouse that for me has the best scenes. Never was technical dialogue more fascinating. And strangely, the German is given the role of optimist vs. the jaded American Captain Mitchum. This movie goes against expectations. Hollywood adventure disaster at its best. Helped by good camerawork and sound effects.
May 29, 2016
The South Atlantic during World War 2. The US destroyer USS Haynes spots and engages a German U-boat. The U-boat is commanded by Captain Von Stolberg (played by Curd Jurgens), a wily veteran U-boat commander. The captain of the Haynes is Lt Commander Murrell (Robert Mitchum), a Naval Reserve officer who was previously in the merchant marine. Because of this background, some of his crew doubt his abilities. he soon proves them wrong and a battle of wits ensues between the two adversaries.

Great WW2 naval drama. Pretty good portrayal of submarine and anti-submarine warfare. Suspenseful and engaging. Also shows a good balance between the US and German sides.

Great performances from Robert Mitchum, as the US captain, and Curd Jurgens, as the German captain. Good supporting cast too.
May 18, 2016
curts' family in the movie was killed, mention of his son to his adjundant
½ March 23, 2016
Pretty standard movie for its time, although one of the few that wasn't based off a historic battle or something along that line. we do get to see it in colour which is nice, and we are treated with the same actors that every war movie of the time starred. The sets are nice, maybe a bit too clean and layed back for a fighting ship however. The destroyer is all filmed aboard a real destroyer off Hawaii, and I'm sure the U-boat is portrayed by a mock up, used for surface shots only, while the underwater model they used is very convincing, and for the time one of the best special effects in a war movie I've seen. In inside of the U-boat is quite obviously not a real one, and although I haven't been able to find information on it, it's probably a mock up or a more modern American sub. The acting and script are typical of the era, and so is the comradeship that is shown between the two commanders. The underwater explosions simulating death chargers are very good, as are the on deck explosions in the final duel. But the real depth charges going off from the on deck view are simply amazing, and we see the same explosions today in U-571, which is decades ahead in special effects and the likes. It is a good naval film, a theatre of war not covered well, simply because of the need for a huge budget for both a ship and a crapload of CGI needed to make it. It's among the better ones however, not as modern but better done than Pearl Harbor, although it does lag behind almost all of the great submarine movies, notably Das Boot, which is in an entirely different ball park. However good classic war flick, pretty casual now, but a big step forward in its time, and it still shines today.
½ January 18, 2016
Psychological warfare between German sub and American destroyer.
July 2, 2015
Excellent war movie. Mitchum and Jurgens are both brilliant in this film. Watch it.
½ April 29, 2015
Seeing the miniature modals of the ship and submarine drained some of the intensity from the movie, but that stuff is always fun to watch. It's actually a good thing the American crew had the overzealous attitude common in old war movies because it helped you accept that it's a 1957 movie with 1957 special effects. The Germans were more interesting and definitely not excited. There's a genuine sentimental side to the story that makes it a respectable film.
October 19, 2014
An American general faces off against a German U-boat captain, for this basic submarine warfare movie. Unlike the claustrophic Das Boot, The Enemy Below takes mostly place on the America ship, as a sort of cousin to the other film. Strong in character development and not much else, it has the elements of humanity to take the place of the lack of suspense, which this film lacks.
½ October 5, 2014
Robert Mitchum and Curd Jurgens face off as captains of a U. S. Destroyer and German U-Boat respectively in this suspenseful WWII drama. Director Dick Powell (yes, the former star of musicals and films noir) keeps things moving even in the relatively static spaces of the ships. However, as in many 1950's films, the tone (and music) are often jaunty and high-spirited, even though we are talking about war here folks. Mitchum and Jurgens both earn their stripes in a sort of acting duel, with barely another character getting rounded out. Nevertheless, it is gripping most of the way and you never really know who will win.
August 31, 2014
A fine, rip-snorting war movie ... yeah, I actually said "rip-snorting". A cat and mouse game between a US destroyer captained by Robert Mitchum and a U-Boat captained Curd Jürgens (or "Curt Jurgens" as he's credited here for ease of consumption). I find it a bit hard to buy Mitchum's laid-back screen persona as a Naval officer, but he is supposed to be a civillian captain only recently enlisted, so it works here. The film gives you quite a bit of the personality of both captains, so while it's clearly on the American side, the Germans are no simple movie villains. There's a lot of good supporting performances, particularly Theodore Bikel as the German second in command.
½ May 11, 2014
A good movie about destroyers and a U-boat during world war 2 the wits and respect of both captains is explored
March 5, 2014
There are worse WWII movies involving submarines, but that says more about the genre than the quality of the movie. Curt Jurgens is good as the u-boat commander. Robert Mitchum walks through his role as a destroyer skipper.
February 1, 2014
I've watched submarine movies since I was a kid and this is the all time very best. Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens were perfect down to their last lines. Great story and great ending.
½ September 12, 2013
Pure enjoyment.....great acting and a really good script,what's not to like.
½ July 17, 2013
Curt Jurgens is cool!
May 1, 2013
Excellent war movie showing not only good sea war battle scenes, but also mutual gallantry displayed by both sides. Another proof that a good movie could be enjoyed any time regardless of when it was made.
March 24, 2013
A relatively tense game of cat and mouse between a US destroyer and a German U-Boat. Works perfectly well as an action packed WW2 film, less so an indictment of war and the impact it has on those involved. You'll want to see Das Boot for that.
March 11, 2013
another WWII drama post WWII/submarine tale
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