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Das Boot
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by Chris Parry

"Every year needs three films this good to justify itself."
5 stars

One of the greatest war movies seen in the last twenty years has a big ass director's cut, and it's one hell of a trip.

Wolfgang Peterson's breakout film was humungous in 1982, earning six academy award nominations, including best picture and best director. Since then, Peterson has become yet another studio monkey, churning out flicks like Air Force One, but forget that. Go back 18 years in time and find Das Boot. It is truly a stunning film.

All too often, submarine movies were glamorized affairs. Everyone comfortable, everyone studly, and always winning out in the end. The reality was that barely 10,000 out of 50,000 German U-Boat men actually lived to tell about it. When the U-Boat first came out, it was the ultimate weapon. Unable to be spotted, they killed without being seen.

But the Brits managed to figure out sonar detection, and pretty soon the U-Boats became sitting ducks. Inside the subs, there's nowhere to go, nowhere to hide, just sit and wait for the depth charges to rip you apart.

Starring Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer and Klaus Wenneman, the story is about the crew. Living like sardines, going stir crazy, waiting for action, yet hoping it never comes. Starving. Suffocating. Plugging holes in the walls. Being sent into certain death by commanders who could care less. Hunting. Being hunted. Being shelled. Being killed.

Let's face it, kids. This isn't a feel good film. It's a Schindlers List, but from the other side. It's realistic to the point of depression. It's how the other half lived. It's how the other half died. And it kicks all historic ass.

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9/13/17 morris campbell decent no more no less 3 stars
9/03/17 Ken Very well-done film and one of the best of the 1980s. 5 stars
5/30/17 Anne Selby very powerful 4 stars
7/19/16 TdW Very good 4 stars
2/16/16 Ed Richardson The very best submarine movie EVER!!!!!!! 5 stars
4/13/15 Trev29 very overrated to see it in top 5 on this site 1 stars
4/13/15 jokerass lol again 1 stars
4/13/15 jokerass lol 1 stars
2/20/15 Chris Jarmick Best Submarine movie and great war movie. see long version! 5 stars
2/17/12 Alex Gomez see it in german with subtiles. very intense. 5 stars
9/01/10 Barbara Leaf This is one of the best movies I have ever seen. 5 stars
11/28/09 Phil M. Afficiando Even if 1/2 hour too long, the director's cut version is worthy 5 stars
2/26/08 pkr one of the ww2 films you shouldn't miss at any chance. 4 stars
2/10/08 Mark One of the best war movies, and absolutelly the best U-boat flick ever!!! 5 stars
6/14/07 fools♫gold Finally, a film that doesn't seem short (well, THAT short). 1000% 5 stars
12/28/06 R.W.Welch Could have been tighter, still the ultimate submariner movie. 5 stars
10/04/06 dickie t Masterpiece, The best war film going..ever 5 stars
3/18/06 MP Bartley Absolutely essential. Greatest ending to a war movie ever. 5 stars
1/11/06 Gerry Dunne U sure Jim?. Realistic and highly entertaining view of WW2 from a different perspective 5 stars
1/09/06 Jim Das Crap 1 stars
1/04/06 me f weird! 5 stars
9/27/05 Jeanne The final seconds are a jolt to the heart and everything you've ever believed about WWII. 5 stars
9/03/05 Indrid Cold Puts all other submarine movies, and just about all other war movies to shame. 5 stars
5/28/05 Strutho forget about U573 and support zee Germans 5 stars
5/04/05 Greg Plank Other than some liberal translations from you are always looking out for the next ALARM!! 5 stars
4/17/05 Cary Gordon Incredible realism. Sometimes hard to watch it's so good. 5 stars
4/09/05 Larry Weisberg THE best submarine movie around. 5 stars
2/27/05 mike best war movie 5 stars
9/13/04 Matthias B my first film i saw and still the best.. 5 stars
7/21/04 Harry J High drama under the high seas. Makes Perfect Storm look like a picnic. 5 stars
7/01/04 Ryan Best movie ever! 5 stars
6/07/04 Daveman Utterly gripping from start to finish. 5 stars
5/15/04 Read it, Seen it, Done it One of the great war movies of all time! 5 stars
2/18/04 Whatevr This movie has been my favorite since I was a kid. Still is. 5 stars
2/11/04 dave maxwell Finest submarine movie ever made...par none 5 stars
12/30/03 Michael E True suspenful, hold your breath, drama doesn't get any better 5 stars
12/17/03 Tim Triangle Pretty cool characterisations a bit played out towards end a bit nihilistic 4 stars
11/27/03 John maybe the best war movie ever made 5 stars
8/16/03 punjab the definitive war movie-a classic 5 stars
7/23/03 Flounder This is one of the best war movies that I have ever seen bar none 5 stars
6/26/03 cochese Just saw it and I loved it. 5 stars
5/07/03 Nikola A must see for any film fan - a classic 5 stars
1/29/03 lisa Prochnow is nice 3 stars
1/28/03 The Aussie Film Reviewer Intense, dramatic, everything you could want in a war picture. 5 stars
12/28/02 Ally Gator Tense, exciting and totally engrossing! 5 stars
12/07/02 Jussi You're there, suffering through terror, with the crew. 5 stars
11/21/02 Mason Watch this movie! 5 stars
11/19/02 DAN By far the best submarine film to date go out and rent it now!!!! 5 stars
11/16/02 Muggs GREAT!!!! 5 stars
10/01/02 Zaw Only film I seen that make me feel sorry for Nazi soilders in WWII movies. 5 stars
9/04/02 NavyUboat Awesome depictation of what we submariners even today under certain circumstances endure 5 stars
8/16/02 Feathers McCoy Realistic and gripping 5 stars
7/14/02 Klute A mammoth event. The best submarine, nay, war movie ever. 5 stars
7/09/02 Kiersten Mueller Best German Movie ever made - hunky casting too ! 5 stars
5/21/02 sara stalkfleet this was a really great movie 5 stars
4/26/02 Charles Tatum The best sub film- catch the long uncut version 5 stars
4/07/02 Meg Rosenfeld Unforgettable dirge for young men at war. 5 stars
3/14/02 Paul I have never been as captivated and genuinely impressed by a movie as by Das Boot. 5 stars
1/22/02 Monster W. Kung Spellbinding. One of the best war movies ever made. Get the director's cut! 5 stars
7/14/01 Gremlin Great, Realistic and based on an actual uboat comandr, its excellent 5 stars
6/02/01 G-MAN Long but worth it. 4 stars
5/07/01 Mikko Salminen Realistic. 4 stars
5/05/01 Jason Learn German to watch this movie - the dialog changes and the subtitles do it no justice! 5 stars
4/23/01 Skip Young Masterpiece 5 stars
4/05/01 Hawkeye The movie that got me to see The Perfect Storm. I should hold that against it, but I don't. 5 stars
3/21/01 Roger the Shrubber The director's cut DVD is loooooong, but worth it. Great ending too. A fine movie. 5 stars
3/08/01 master.node So tense it should carry a health warning. An all-time great! 5 stars
3/06/01 Shams Huque One of THE great movies. Period. 5 stars
3/04/01 The Bomb 69 loooooooong, but great acting and an awesome ending make up for it 5 stars
2/07/01 Skip Incredible. One of the all time best films. 5 stars
10/18/00 Monday Morning Director's cut: extra 60 minutes are not a positive. Go for short version and DIVE! DIVE! 4 stars
8/12/00 Matthew Bartley Ground breaking stuff. One of the best war films EVER! 5 stars
7/19/00 Bruce Filled with tension, this is a great film 5 stars
12/21/99 Kevin Way Great WWII War movie. Genius. 5 stars
11/09/99 Ralf Behet One of the best war movies ever made. A classic! 5 stars
11/01/99 banana A true look through the eyes of the so called "enemy". 5 stars
10/11/99 Weird Andy What the hell has happened to you, Wolfgang? 5 stars
6/14/99 Dylan Brilliant. 5 stars
2/01/99 Vick Di Brecci Liked the conceit but could have been better with a sharper screenplay & better situations 4 stars
11/24/98 {{{OZ}}} Great fucking war movie. Find it. 5 stars
11/23/98 Peter Great WW-II Movie. You get a great look at the 'glory' of submarine warfare in the 40s. 5 stars
11/12/98 Jules I really got into this film, even to the point of feeling clausterphobic. Honest film. 5 stars
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  DVD: 01-Jun-2004


  22-Jan-1998 (MA)

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