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The captain comes across as a true seaman and at this distance one can abstract the fact that the German submarine force was an unrelenting killer of allied merchant marine, a force which almost isolated Britain in the early days of 1942. Had it not been for the intelligence gained from Ultra, the development of effective airborne radar finally improved so that it could pick up a snorting sub, the British survival story might have been different. But the true value of this film is the story of a crew in their day-to-day life attacking Allied shipping, and finally, in being attacked themselves by depth-charging and from the air when they were safe (they thought) in their base at Las Rochelle. While it is not perfect trying to follow English subtitles, the film in German strikes a chord of realism . All in all a great film and better as a miniseries in colour.
I served in the US Navy's submarine force, and Petersen's movie is the closest you can get to being in a sub without actually signing enlistment papers. This is one of the few war movies that is not relentlessly propagandistic. Petersen presents a story of humans--not stereotypes, not jingoistic misrepresentations of sailors. By the end of the film, you'll probably find yourself cheering for the Kriegsmarine crew, or at least hoping that they get home safely. As an American, raised after World War Two, I grew up with nothing but negative images and stereotypes of WWII Germany and Germans. Petersen and his cast do an amazing job of breaking through those representations and portraying a story of young, proud men who defy the odds and the elements and do what they perceive of as their duty, even though they find no glory--just despair.
I would recommend that you read Herbert Werner's memoir Iron Coffins in addition to watching this movie, especially if you are unfamiliar with the Battle of the Atlantic. Also, after the end of the movie, you should go outside, stand in the sunshine, and be glad that you are.
WW2 German U-boat warfare classic movie.
Good FX for the time.
Nice bonus. (Deleted scene)
A must to have movie for every submarine lovers.
1 bad comment : Many useless boring sequences.
I have watched the movie in its dubbed version and German version. I much prefer the German version. I also have the original uncut version. I highly recommend you only watch that in its German version or you will miss a lot.
Here we have the director's cut and the full suspense, horror and tragedy of Wolfgang Petersen's masterpiece has captivated me once again. The suffocating atmosphere of a WWII German U-boat is so real, you almost have to open a window in your home just to get through watching it. One can only imagine the stench in that tiny space crammed with dozens of men eating, drinking (and of course, defecating) whilst pouring with the sweat of effort and sheer terror.
You finish up wondering how it is that men can put themselves through such a ghastly experience in such a terrible environment. And then you realize that throughout the history of warfare it has always been so. From the hopelessness of the Spartans holding off the Persians at Thermopylae to the grisly trenches and massive casualties of WWI, the maxim that old men of dubious morals have always been able to convince young men of the glory and excitement of participating in war and of the moral right of doing so.
Only when they experience the reality of actual combat do these young men realize how truly human (even child-like) they really are and the horror of what they've gotten themselves into. And when you see the talents that many of them have, from the mechanics, electricians and other specialists that keep the boat running while at sea, to the human-management capabilities of the senior officers, you realize what a truly wasteful endeavour the practice of war is.
For those of us who have been fortunate enough never to have had to go to war, this film will reinforce our gratitude.
Most recent customer reviews
By far, the best cut of this movie is this edition. Forget the others and add this one to your collection immediately.Published 2 months ago by Gunboat
Much better picture quality than the DVD version. The Special Features and Director's Commentary are very interesting and worth finding the extra 14 hours to watch.Published 5 months ago by Zarrid
Always been one of my favourite movies. It's long, but easy to sit through. As close to a submarine as I ever want to get.Published 6 months ago by Michael Brusselers
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