Das Boot (1981)

WOLFGANG PETERSEN

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 .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  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.   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.

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