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Wolfgang Petersen directs this gripping account of a German U-96 submarine in action during World War Two. The crew's long periods of boredom are contrasted with the claustrophobic terror they experience when engaging the enemy.
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21 December 1998
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Hitler set out 40,000 men aboard U-boats during World War 2. Less than 10,000 returned.
Das Boot (The Boat) is a graphic and gripping tale that follows the daring patrol of U-96, one of the famed German U-Boats known as 'The Grey Wolves'. Prowling the North Atlantic, they challenged the British Navy at every turn.
The crew aboard the U-96 are portrayed in a desperate life-and-death struggle, coping with endless hours of claustrophobic boredom at sea, which quickly gives way to terror when confronting the enemy. Relentlessly under attack, the U-96 is forced to unheard of depths, the creaking hull threatening to collapse and crush the panicked sailors.
Originally nominated for six Academy Awards - Best Picture, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Effects, Best Editing and Best Screenplay Adaptation, this Director's Cut includes over one hour of additional footage and delivers an amazingly realistic account of Germany's Elite U-boat crewmen, placing the viewer at the heart of the ship's appalling conditions.
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