Combustible Celluloid Review - Das Boot (1981), Wolfgang Petersen, based on a novel by Lothar G. Buchheim, Wolfgang Petersen, Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May, Heinz Hoenig, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Jan Fedder, Ralf Richter, Joachim Bernhard, Oliver Stritzel, Konrad Becker, Lutz Schnell, Martin Hemme, Rita Cadillac, Otto Sander
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With: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May, Heinz Hoenig, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Claude-Oliver Rudolph, Jan Fedder, Ralf Richter, Joachim Bernhard, Oliver Stritzel, Konrad Becker, Lutz Schnell, Martin Hemme, Rita Cadillac, Otto Sander
Written by: Wolfgang Petersen, based on a novel by Lothar G. Buchheim
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
MPAA Rating: R for some war violence and brief language
Language: German, with English subtitles
Running Time: 209
Date: 09/17/1981
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Das Boot (1981)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Sub Thumping

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The mother of all submarine movies. Director Wolfgang Petersen's German-language epic is both rousing and rooted in grim details. Das Boot tells the story of a German sub during WWII, whose crew is not particularly aligned with the ideals of Hitler. They endure harsh weather, various attacks, and sheer boredom within the sub's cramped, claustrophobic, and sometimes disgusting corridors; it's both intense and intelligent. Jurgen Prochnow plays the captain, and Wolfgang Petersen directed; they both went onto successful Hollywood careers. The dubbed, edited version (The Boat), which ran 149 minutes, received six Oscar nominations, but the essential uncut, subtitled version, which runs 209 minutes, is now widely available.

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