Actors: Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer, Klaus Wenneman
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Das Boot|
|In 1942, U-Boats (German submarines) are trying their best to disrupt and destroy British shipping. But cramped quarters, poor command support, and improved Allied escort ships make things increasingly tougher for the German sailors. Captain-Lieutenant Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock (Prochnow) has much contempt for the Nazis, but he and his crew try to do their best to carry out their mission. Young journalist Lt. Werner (Gronemeyer) rides along on U-96 to do a story on the crew, but battles damage the sub and endanger the lives of everyone aboard. This is an ultra-realistic, claustrophobic 1981 nailbiter, made by and starring Germans, that earned an unprecedented six Oscar nominations.
--David Loftus, Resident Scholar
| "The" classic submarine movie, directed by Wolfgang Petersen. A young German journalist in World War II is sent aboard the U-96 to write an article for the German propaganda ministry. The movie follows his exposure to the danger and fear of submarine warfare. The real star of this movie is Jurgen Prochnow, who plays the grizzled captain of the U-96. Das Boot follows the U-96 through a series of excruciatingly tense encounters in the North Atlantic. This movie is both a classic war film, a nail-biting thriller, and a powerful movie demonstrating the tragedy of war.
--Matthew, Resident Scholar
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Time/Era of Movie:
- WW II
- navy soldier
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
- brunette (Brown)
- short/standard curly (man)
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (man) short/standard wavy
- average build (man)
How much in movie?
- enemy army
- fort/military installation
Accounts of torture and death?
- gory visuals of deaths
Movie makes you feel...
- in awe
- all mixed up
How many deaths in film?
Kind of violence:
- mission to destroy something
- ocean ship battles
Unusual forms of death
- Some foul language
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