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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful.
One of the best WWII movies
This is an excellent movie. I have watched this several times. I had it on VHS, but since I no longer have a VCR player, I purchased it on DVD. The DVD had English subtitles or you could select "English" as the language of the DVD. I highly recommend just using the English Subtitles. The German language is a beautiful language to listen to (I dont' speak or understand German) and I think to get the full effect of this movie, you need to listen to it in German. If you have problem watching a movie with subtitles and being able to follow along , then as stated, you have the option of listening to it in English. The movie follows a WWII U-boat on one of it's patrols. The director did an excellent job of making you "feel" like you were on the sub. You can sense and feel, the dirt, the sweat, the claustrophobia, the fear as depth charges are dropped, the loneliness. You come to know the sailors, their lives, their emotions . I will not spoil the end for you , but what happens in the end, I never saw coming. It is shocking. You will not be disappointed in this move
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful.
This is the submarine movie that all submarine movies try ...
By Henry Strohbeck
This is the submarine movie that all submarine movies try to be, this movie humanizes a group of German U boat sailors and tells their incredible story that will keep you on the edge of your seat for every moment. Don't mind the long run time it's totally worth the ride!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful. See all 1212 customer reviews...
The most realistic submarine movie of World War II
By J. Chambers
If you've ever had the slightest thought that serving on a World War II German U-boat was glamorous duty, seeing Das Boot will quickly disabuse you of that idea. Granted that the U-boats had a field day in the early going, but Allied advances in technology and procedures eventually turned the tide against the U-boats. Das Boot follows U-96 on a mission in the North Atlantic as they searched for convoys of ships carrying wartime materiel from the U.S. to Great Britain. Jürgen Prochnow is superb as the captain of U-96, and he leads a fine cast of actors playing crewmen on the U-boat. The film depicts the excitement of the crew as they sink Allied ships, as well as the sheer terror and helplessness as depth charges explode all around them. All this leads to a surprise ending that you won't see coming.
The streaming video is the 208-minute Director's Cut from 1997. Dialogues are in German with English subtitles. In my opinion, this is the best and most realistic submarine movie of World War II.