Das Boot

Das Boot

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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/15/2011
UPC: 0043396382268
Original Release: 1984
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Time: 4:53:00

Cast & Crew

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

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

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Start [11:25]
2. U-96 [9:27]
3. Grand Tour [10:25]
4. Alarm! [7:29]
5. Two Guests [9:30]
6. False Alarm [8:38]
7. Looking for Action [10:48]
8. Doldrums [10:22]
9. The Sea [8:11]
10. Hunting [7:45]
11. Hunted [6:03]
12. Death From Above [8:07]
Side #2 -- Disc 2
13. Maintenance [:02]
14. The Storm [10:02]
15. Chance Meeting [8:32]
16. Hungry Wolves [9:02]
17. Convoy [7:50]
18. Payback [9:14]
19. Pressure [8:47]
20. Johann Breaks [8:15]
21. Face of the Enemy [7:57]
22. New Orders [8:17]
23. Writing Time [7:41]
24. Stealthy Passage [1:27]
25. Supply Ship [5:47]
26. Bad Odds [4:56]
27. Gibraltar [5:49]
28. To the Bottom [9:34]
29. Impossible Repairs [10:45]
30. Water and Power [8:32]
31. Morale Boost [8:01]
32. Miracle Worker [8:28]
33. Surfacing [6:42]
34. Going Home [8:52]
35. Last Command [6:10]
36. Credits [5:27]

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