Das Boot

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Released 1981

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Director:
Wolfgang Petersen
Released:
1981
Rating:
R
Das Boot is a 1982 German war movie written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It is based on the novel of the same name written by Lothar G. Buchheim. In October of 1941, the German U-Boat (U-96) is ordered on a routine patrol that includes traveling from La Rochelle, France to Spain. After weeks of dodging British destroyers, attacking convoys and braving the Atlantic, the crew of the U-96 looks foward to a Christmas in Spain, but they are ordered to Italy. A trip which means the near suicidal transit of the Strait of Gibraltar. The film is told from the perspective of Lt. Werner (Herbert Gr''nemeyer), a correspondent assigned to the U-96 for the duration of its patrol. His naivety is starkly contrasted to the hardened and war-weary crew. Das Boot is a brutal look at life aboard a U-Boat during the Second World War. The almost unimaginably harsh life of Kriegsmarine sailors is depicted without sentiment.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Wolfgang Petersen's direction is an exercise in pure craftsmanship. [Director's Cut]

  • 83

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Sweaty and claustrophobic, exciting and horrifying at the same time, it never lets us forget we're riding aboard a giant, primitive tin can, a hunk of industrial machinery that min...

  • 60

    Variety

    A descent into the pit of hell with slim odds of ever returning.

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