Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
West Germany, 1981. Bavaria Film, Radiant Film GmbH, Süddeutscher Rundfunk, Westdeutscher Rundfunk. Screenplay by Wolfgang Petersen, based on the novel by Lothar G. Buchheim. Cinematography by Jost Vacano. Produced by Ortwin Freyermuth, Günter Rohrbach. Music by Klaus Doldinger. Production Design by Rolf Zehetbauer. Costume Design by Monika Bauert. Film Editing by Hannes Nikel. Academy Awards 1982. Golden Globe Awards 1981.
The tension is at high throttle in this excellent war movie about a group of gung-ho German marines hardly older than teenagers who are assigned to a U-boat in World War II. Jürgen Prochnow is their wise captain who has to steer them through the dangerous waters where they play cat and mouse with British destroyers, and endure complications when they come upon the strait of Gibraltar. Wolfgang Petersen’s direction is a deft combination of tough suspense and poetic images, with Jost Vacano’s colourful photography being a super plus for the latter. Certainly the best submarine movie ever.