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Das Boot is one of the most gripping and authentic war movies ever made. Based on an autobiographical novel by German World War II photographer Lothar-Guenther Buchheim, the film follows the lives of a fearless U-Boat captain (Jurgen Prochnow) and his inexperienced crew as they patrol the Atlantic and Mediterranean in search of Allied vessels, taking turns as hunter and prey. There's very little plot, so the movie's power comes from both its riveting, epic battle scenes and its details of the boring hours spent waiting for orders or signs of the enemy. With the exception of one staunch Hitler Youth lieutenant, none of the crew is particularly loyal to the Nazis, and some are openly hostile toward their Fuhrer; this allows viewer sympathy with the men as they perform their laborious, monotonous duties in cramped, filthy quarters, or await death as depth charges explode all around the sub. Prochnow is excellent as the nerves-of-steel commander, and many of the supporting actors -- all German -- are solid as well, although the characterizations border on war movie clichés (the young crewman who has left behind his pregnant girlfriend, the Chief Engineer whose wife is seriously ill). The real star, however, is cinematographer Jost Vacano, who makes the sub's grimy, claustrophobic interior come to vivid life, as his camera follows the crew through hatches, up ladders, into bunks, and under pipes, creating a palpable sense of claustrophobia while injecting it with movement. Originally edited by writer/director Wolfgang Petersen as both a two-and-a-half hour theatrical release and a six-hour German miniseries, Das Boot was re-released in a restored version in 1997 with nearly one hour of added footage which made it even more suspenseful than before. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Hannes Nikel Best Editing 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mike LeMare Best Sound Effects 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Mike LeMare Best Sound 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Milan Bor Best Sound 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Trevor Pyke Best Sound 1982 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Wolfgang Petersen Best Director 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Wolfgang Petersen Best Director 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Wolfgang Petersen Best Adapted Screenplay 1982 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Jost Vacano Best Cinematography 1982 Nominee

Cast

Jürgen Prochnow
as The Capt.
Herbert Grönemeyer
as Lt. Werner/Correspondent
Klaus Wennemann
as Chief Engineer
Hubertus Bengsch
as First Lt. /Number One
Martin Semmelrogge
as 2nd Lieutenant
Bernd Tauber
as Chief Quartermaster
Erwin Leder
as Johann
Claude-Oliver Rudolph
as Ario
Jan Fedder
as Pilgrim
Heinz Hoenig
as Hinrich
Martin Hemme
as Bruckenwilli
Lutz Schnell
as Dufte
Oliver Stritzel
as Schwalle
Otto Sander
as Thomsen in "Bar Royal"
Rita Cadillac
as Monique
Edwige Pierre
as Nadine
Joachim Bernhard
as Preacher
Martin May
as Ullman
Uwe Ochsenknecht
as Boatman

Crew

Wolfgang Petersen
Director
Günter Rohrbach
Producer
Wolfgang Petersen
Screenwriter
Dean Riesner
Screenwriter
Jost Vacano
Cinematographer
Klaus Doldinger
Composer (Music Score)
Hannes Nikel
Editor
Rolf Zehetbauer
Production Designer
Götz Weidner
Art Director
Michael Bittins
Co-producer
Mark Damon
Executive Producer
Lutz Hengst
Executive Producer
John W. Hyde
Executive Producer
Edward R. Pressman
Executive Producer
Monika Bauert
Costume Designer
Willy Neuner
Special Effects
Lutz Hengst
Production Manager
Michael Bittins
Production Manager
Trevor Pyke
Sound Mixer
Mike LeMare
Sound Special Effects
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