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A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War. Soon it becomes hunted itself. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits...
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It's one thing to fill a 90 minute film with relentless action, interesting and sympathetic characters, and a relatively fresh perspective on WWII, but to stretch that to 3.5 hours? And contain that action to little more than three small rooms? It's an amazing feat that Das Boot pulls off, and is justifiably labeled as not only one of the best German films ever made, but one of the best war films ever made (no small feat considering how crowded that category is).
Wolfgang Peterson plots Das Boot out to feel like a blockbuster - big explosions, manly men doing manly things, and a bombastic score. In other words, he did not squander…
Yeah, yeah. They keep together, balls in hand. And the belief in our Führer in their eyes.
I've only seen it once, but I am ready to call Das Boot one of the very finest war films I've ever seen in my entire life. I honestly think it ranks up there with Apocalypse Now, Paths of Glory and Full Metal Jacket but easily trumps all three in how it almost effortlessly brings to life the sheer terror and stress of the battlefield.
But in this case the battlefield is the unforgiving sea and the soldiers are sailors cramped inside a steamy dripping tin can that could be ruptured, blown up or sunk at any given moment. This is submarine warfare.…
I asked for it. 'To be heading into the inexorable... where no mother will care for us... no woman crosses our path... where only reality reigns... with cruelty and grandeur.' I was drunk with those words. Well, this is reality.
What exactly are you supposed to say about Das Boot that hasn't already been said? It's probably the greatest war movie told from "the other side" next to the original All Quiet on the Western Front.
The key to these films aren't their realistic portrayal of war, but their realistic portrayal of people. The characters in Das Boot are full of humanity and don't feel like glamorized or stereotypical war caricatures. Some of them have already gone through…
A huge running time in one of my least favourite genres. This had work to do from the offset to get me onside and it succeeded with ease. A 3 1/2 hour war film sounds like hell to me but the approach this film took appealed in a number of ways.
Firstly it's from a German perspective. To see a WWII officer drunkenly mocking Adolf Hitler early in proceedings was unusual to me. This scene of debauchery as a young crew drink the night away before their departure to war the next day was a great start. Normally we're used to seeing these characters a lot more emotionless and less human in the movies.
Secondly this might be the first…
A lot of people have noted the skill of the camera work in this film. They point out that the camera effortlessly moves though the confined spaces of a U-Boat. They point out that the movie feels more intimate and claustrophobic because of the narrow, cramped space. I agree totally with those comments, but for me there is an even more confined space that tells the story even better. That space is captured in the faces of the crew of the ship. The close ups and reaction shots of the crew really elevated this film for me.
I saw this film on Bluray and it looked great, but even more important, it sounded fantastic. This is a film that rely's…
Wolfgang Petersen seems to have an affinity with the sea. He's made more movies with the seas and oceans as protagonists than anything else. From "Das Boot" to "The Perfect Storm" to that turkey "Poseidon" he pits man against the elements.
Das Boot was a commercial and critical success back in 1981 when released theatrically. Over the years Petersen would tinker with the excessive amount of extra footage he shot and this directors cut from 1997 runs at over 3 and a half hours in duration. As a testament to Germany's over-reliance on the U-Boats to cripple the Trans-Atlantic help offered to Britain during the early years of the war this shows the utter ruthlessness of the submariners.
Ο Β’ Παγκόσμιος Πόλεμος από μια γερμανική ταινία.. Η μάχη του Ατλαντικού από τα μάτια των ‘’κακών’’. Ατμοσφαιρική, κλειστοφοβική, έντονη. Στην uncut εκδοχή της 4,5!! ώρες αγωνίας και άγχους. Αν θες κάτι χαλαρό άστο καλύτερα.. Αν θες απλά δράση υπάρχουν και καλύτερες.. Αν όμως είσαι fun των WWII movies δεν νοείται να μην την έχεις δει...
Nice reminder that even in a war where history has judged one side to be genocidal maniacs, the truth is that both sides were just ordinary people committing extraordinary acts of bravery at the behest of the powerful.
Every individual, and their individualism is the point, is a well-drawn character steeped in humanity and vulnerability. A collection of scared boys being kept strong by an understanding leader.
I had no idea quite how lo-fi, blind and haphazard those u-boats were. Yes it's a film of claustrophobic tension but it's the sweetness, heroism and fraternity that has stayed with me.
This movie was really intense, really one of the best war movies I have ever seen. Some scenes where even so intense that I was sitting on the bank with my fingers crossed praying they would make it. Also the actors played there roles really naturel. The movie takes 3 hours and 15 minutes, but it's definitely worth it. You really get the feeling that you are in the submarine to . Great movie!
I mean, that's really it guys - it's about a crew on a boat, end of story. It took all of an hour for me to decide that this wasn't the film for me, which made the next two hours and change kind of hard to sit through. However, thems the breaks when working your way through the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die" book and I'm used to it. As it is, I sat patiently through the rest of the film, trying keep my concentration, but my mind wandering easily. I think we've established that I really dislike most war films, but I thought this one would be different somehow. It wasn't. I hate to throw the…
Always go with the five hour TV version.
Simply put, one of the best war films you will ever see!
Das Boot... what can I say about Das Boot?... If I had watched it without knowledge that it's a German classic or a classic foreign film, I would have been watching it through a different lens and would have maybe appreciated it a little less. But even than I still would have loved it.
When the submarine descends into the ocean and you hear the metal of the ship creaking and moaning from the pressure of the water, and you watch all the men moving around trying to get to their posts as fast as they can squeezing through those narrow circular doorways, and then the British start dropping bombs and all the lights on the ship go out and…
Throughout the bulk of Das Boot we follow a single mission of one German U Boat and their crew. Despite the claustrophobic nature of the confines within the U Boat, this is not a film about being confined or cramped. The crew members have been at this for a long time and these inconveniences are old hat. What is most arresting about Das Boot is the way that the film pivots from long, almost tedious sequences showcasing war as a thankless job to moments of nerve wracking excitement that spring seemingly from nowhere. In fact, there are moments of daily life to which we are given a window that make the viewer almost forget that a war is going on.…
An overwhelmingly impressive and genuinely intense film. One of the best war movies I have ever seen.
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