Das Boot

Directed By: Wolfgang Petersen Starring: Jürgen Prochnow

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I have never been enthralled in a movie like I was with Das Boot. A movie of suspense to the 10th power! Will they survive, will they see light again? Or will they die in the dark murky deep of Davie Jones' locker?! Buy this film and watch it over and over again!

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Best Sub Movie Ever

by Mike on 5/19/1999

The headline says it all. Take it from an old bubblehead that rode boats from diesel to fast attack, this is the best submarine movie ever made. I saw it when it was first released several years ago and this new version is even better. Read More

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Must have DVD for you collection

by Snowman on 7/6/1999

It doesn't get any better than this folks. This is THE submarine movie. Truely a must see. Gives you a different insight to WWII that makes you sympathize with everyone war effects. The suspense and drama is overwhelming and the commentary is the best I've seen yet. This is truely the Das Boot the director wanted you to see! Read More

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Autumn, 1941, 43 young german sailors aboard u-96 enter the war against britain. They seek adventure, respect and heroism. For them, this voyage is for glory. For their captain, a seasoned war veteran at the young ages of 30, it is a mission against enemy destroyers in a blood-red sea that can devour a ship.


Studio Sony
SKU 40000041
UPC 043396222199
UPC 14 00043396222199
Format DVD
Release Date 3/27/2007
Rating Rating
High Seas
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note In the midst of World War II, as the tide turns against the Axis, a German U-boat crew is sent out to patrol the Atlantic and fire at Allied ships bringing supplies to England. The submarine also carries a press correspondent, there to report from the front lines of nautical warfare. Meanwhile, the crew's captain (Jürgen Prochnow) is becoming disillusioned with the Nazi regime and with war in general. What starts out as a routine mission is soon livened up beyond the crew's expectations when their boat's surprise attack on a convoy is thwarted by a fast-moving destroyer. Battered by depth charges, the crew must pull together to survive the attacks of their unseen enemy.^Widely considered to be director Wolfgang Petersen's best film and one of the finest German films ever made, DAS BOOT is stunningly realistic in its portrayal of the cramped conditions aboard a German submarine. Based on a novel by Lothar G. Buchheim, it is a striking example of an intelligent antiwar film clothed in the guise of a military thriller.
Plot Summary
Summary This gripping World War II drama dealing with the exploits of a German submarine crew is the highest grossing film in the history of German cinema. The crew's fight for survival while on patrol in the North Atlantic is a remarkable study in human determination.
USA Today "...A great movie just got greater, thanks to this thorough restoration....The movie is letterboxed on tape for the first time ever and has a magnificent new stereo soundtrack..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 06/27/1997 p.3D
Entertainment Weekly "...Sweaty and claustrophobic, exciting and horrifying at the same time....The new DAS BOOT feels rawer, gloomier, more pungently authentic than it did before..." 04/18/1997 p.45-8
Wolfgang Petersen
Jürgen Prochnow
Cast & Crew
Herbert Gronemeyer - Actor
Hubertus Bengsch - Actor
Jurgen Prochnow - Actor
Klaus Wennemann - Actor
Lothar-Gunther Buchheim - Based On Novel By
Wolfgang Petersen - Director
Jost Vacano - Director of Photography
Klaus Doldinger - Musical Score
Gunther Rohrbach - Producer
Wolfgang Petersen - Writer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1982
Catalog ID 22219
UPC 00043396222199
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 209 minutes
Color Color
Original Language German
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English Dubbed, German
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (1983) Jost Vacano, Nominee, Best Cinematography,Wolfgang Petersen, Nominee, Best Director,Mike Le Mare, Nominee, Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing,Hannes Nikel, Nominee, Best Film Editing,Milan Bor, et al., Nominee, Best Sound,Wolfgang Petersen, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based On Material From Another Medium
Golden Globe (1982) , Nominee, Best Foreign Film
British Academy Awards (1983) Wolfgang Petersen, Nominee, Best Foregin Language Film
ReviewSource Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
Review Realistic, meticulously mounted nail-biter chronicling a German U-boat on a mission during WW2, with Prochnow solid as its commander. Manages to embrace an anti-war message, as well.
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's ReelViews
Review [This] version of Das Boot is significantly different from the first cut. More than sixty minutes of footage from the original German TV mini-series has been seamlessly woven back into the movie's tapestry. Jarring transitions have been smoothed out and character development has been greatly enhanced. The result is a more complete viewing experience. Das Boot, universally recognized as the best submarine movie of all time and one of the most heart-pounding thrillers ever filmed, is even better this time around than it was in its initial release... This film takes all of the drama and suspense inherent in a submarine-based story and delivers it in a near-perfect package, establishing Das Boot as not just a terrific adrenaline rush, but one of the best movies ever made.
ReviewRating 10
Director's Cut, DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Dubbed & Subtitled, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Prochnow,Jurgen
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Wolfgang Petersen's direction is an exercise in pure craftsmanship.
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times ...the most convincing war movie ever made...

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