• Das Boot (1982)

Das Boot

Release Date: February 10th, 1982

DVD Release Date: December 10th, 1997

R |2 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

A German submarine patrols the Atlantic Ocean during World War II, manned by a crew that must contend with tense conflicts and long stretches of confined boredom. While war correspondent Werner (Herbert Grönemeyer) observes day-to-day life aboard the U-boat, the grizzled captain (Jürgen Prochnow) struggles to maintain his own motivation as he attempts to keep the ship's morale up in the face of fierce battles, intense storms and dwindling supplies.

Cast: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May

Director: Wolfgang Petersen

Genres: Drama , War

Production Co: Bavaria Film, Radiant Productions, Westdeutscher Rundfunk

Keywords: Tense, 1940s, Soldier, Quest, Pursuit

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    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. [Director's Cut] show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Wolfgang Petersen's direction is an exercise in pure craftsmanship. [Director's Cut] show more

  • 100
    Mike ClarkUSA Today

    A great movie just got greater, thanks to this thorough restoration. [Director's Cut; 27 June 1997, p.D3]

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Nominated Sound
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Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Foreign Language Film
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1982)
Nominated Directing
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Writing (Screenplay - Based on Material From Another Medium)