"They made us all train for this day. "To be fearless and proud and alone. To need no one, just sacrifice. All for the Fatherland." Oh God, all just empty words. It's not the way they said it was, is it? I just want someone to be with. The only thing I feel is afraid."
Whyyyyyyyy did I watch the theatrical release instead of the original cut? Thirty minutes in I already regretted choosing this version. This movie radiates tension, it is truly uncanny. Everything from the confined spaces and matching close-up shots to the blues and reds emanating from the board lights; amazing. The ending was a little too melodramatic for my taste though but in light of the rest, 5 stars easily.
I thought a movie almost entirely on a sub would surely be deadly dull - boy was I wrong. The movie's tension is relentless, not just from the constant sense of danger but from the sense these soldiers know they are on the losing side of a senseless war. But, though it is quite gripping, I did find it a tad overlong and its abrupt ending left me unsatisfied. That brings an otherwise very good movie down to a B-.
An instant classic. This film manages to avoid politics, ideology and present the sailors as humans thrown into the absurd of war. Great camerawork and lighting, music, very strong cast and acting, so many unforgettable images, and this quote: "heading into the inexorable, where no mother will look after us, no woman will cross our path and where only reality reigns with cruelty and grandeur." from Rudolf G. Binding.
Amazing film with great performances showing the futility and fear that war brings. By the end we are shown who and what they really are: Human beings who care for one another. Masterpiece of the war-film genre. Highly recommended if you sit through the entire running time...
Great movie - all the casting, acting, cinematography, and set design were perfect for me. Great story and editing, loved how the dialogue scenes were shot and cut and how the long unbroken shots that let the actors act. I'd be really interested to see the original edit which was considerably shorter. The music in the action scenes to be a bit much, but not too distracting from the action.
This is one of the longest, and most tense, war movies ever made. This movie really captures the sense of isolation, the thrill of the chase, and the mixture of excitement and horror during battle. There are long periods where not much happens, mimicking real life, but it helps to ratchet up the tension and offers time to provide a good depth to the characters. A true classic.
Tense, claustrophobic, powerful. Glad I saw it at home so I could take breaks, it would have been very intense in a cinema. Long but that allows the characters and their relationships to develop over time. I don't usually watch war-type films but this one is great.
'81 internationally released in theaters. Three years later, Oct. '84 broadcasted as a mini-series, both on BBC & in Feb. '85 on German TV. Why I am saying this? Within these five months "Das Boot" obtained the greatest possible attention ever. I very well recall the enormous 'hype' around this movie, both in the UK & Germany. At the days of broadcasting, pratically life was standing still. Masterpiece.