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24 Ratings

The Enemy Below

Directed by Dick Powell
United States, 1957
War, Action, Adventure


In this World War II film, Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens are two captains with extraordinary abilities who each command a vessel during the Battle of the Atlantic.

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The Enemy Below Directed by Dick Powell

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1958 | Winner: Best Effects, Special Effects

National Board of Review

1957 | Winner: Top Ten Films

BAFTA Awards

1959 | Nominee: Best Foreign Actor

What are people saying?

  • SALESK's rating of the film The Enemy Below

    Solid naval procedural, neither spectacular in acting or directing but scores some points for straight-faced, documentary realism and wartime accuracy. Bogged down by dated war cliches, especially Jurgen's disdain for the Fuhrer's "New Germany." Classic "good Nazi" whitewash--but he's good in the role. Filmed on a real US Navy destroyer. The German U-Boat sets are much too spacious and luxurious; real subs are hell.

  • Kornovska's rating of the film The Enemy Below

    Très bon film de guerre. Le scénario est basé sur un roman de Denys Rayner, officier naval britannique en service pendant la 2e Guerre mondiale, expert dans la chasse aux U-Boats. Le film met l'emphase sur les stratégies employées par les deux partis lors des confrontations et est, pour cette raison, très pertinent à écouter. C'est aussi un film à tendance "anti-guerre", où on meurt sans savoir pourquoi...