The claustrophobic world of a WWII German U-boat; boredom, filth, and sheer terror.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Klaus Wennemann ...
Hubertus Bengsch ...
1st Lieutenant - Number One-1WO
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2nd Lieutenant - 2WO
Bernd Tauber ...
Kriechbaum - Chief Quartermaster-Navigator
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Johann
Martin May ...
Ullman
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Hinrich (as Heinz Hönig)
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Chief Bosun
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Ralf Richter ...
Frenssen (as Ralph Richter)
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Preacher
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Storyline

It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in the so-called "Battle of the Atlantic" to harass and destroy British shipping. With better escorts of the destroyer class, however, German U-boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of the crew of one such U-Boat, with the film examining how these submariners maintained their professionalism as soldiers and attempted to accomplish impossible missions, all the while attempting to understand and obey the ideology of the government under which they served. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Hitler sent out 40,000 men aboard German U-Boats during World War 2. Less than 10,000 returned. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some war violence and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 February 1982 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$68,369 (USA) (6 April 1997)

Gross:

$11,487,676 (USA) (9 November 2013)
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Technical Specs

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| (director's cut) | (VHS) | (special uncut DVD) | (Original Uncut Version)

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(director's cut)| (original release)| (director's cut)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The cast was deliberately kept indoors continually during the shooting period in order to look as pale as a real submarine crew would on a mission at sea. See more »

Goofs

As Das Boot sets sail to La Rochelle towards the end of the film, the captain and one of its crew members are standing on the bridge of the sub. A couple of seconds later, in a more distant camera shot showing the entire sub, no one can be seen on the bridge. See more »

Quotes

Captain: [over PA] Now hear this. We're in pursuit of a convoy being tracked by U-32. Expect contact at 1800 hours. That is all.
[the crew cheers]
Schwalle: We'll finally be able to get rid of these beauties! They're all ready for blast-off!
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Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: The Heartbroke Kid (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Varsity Rag
(uncredited)
Music by Ray Henderson
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13 May 1999 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

When you go to a liquor store to buy Vodka you can purchase one of several brands or you can purchase Stoli. That's what Das Boot is when it comes to Submarine films. You can watch any one of several or you can watch Das Boot. Like Stoli Vodka it's in a class by itself. Superb film either way you see it i.e. subtitles or the dubbed version. See the directors cut if you can. The German crew could be any nationality the film is so well done it doesn't matter. Andy Rooney once said that when you're in a war you live life at 100%. The opening scene of this film demonstrates that. The men are living life at 100%. I never saw any other war movie that captured that like Das Boot.


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