Running time: 210 minutes
The crew of a German submarine U-96 is assigned to another routine patrol on the Atlantic Ocean. But this time there will be an extra crewmember on board - war correspondent Lieutenant Werner, who will be writing the article about the brave heroes of the Third Reich. Soon after leaving the base crew sinks into dull monotony of everyday duties, which gives Werner the time to get to know the crew. But that knowledge is an eye-opener - the reality is far from his expectations - the officers are not the heroes they are depicted in the media, they are tired and dirty men, who lost all the will to fight for Hitler and the Nazi ideals. But the atmosphere suddenly changes when Allied convoy is detected - they again are hunters full of energy. Soon after the attack they have to avoid the escort ships, which shows the Werner another side in service on submarines - the helpless waiting for the depth charges to hit the submarine and bury them all at the bottom of the sea. But the hard part is just to begin - the captain receives the orders to transfer the ship to Italy, which means going through heavily guarded Strait of Gibraltar.
German war film directed by Wolfgang Petersen, depicting the fate of the crew of a German U-boat during several weeks of their service during World War II. The film is based on the novel by war correspondent Lothar-GŁnther Buchheim, who spent patrol on the U-Boat. It is one of the best war films, with great performances from the cast and the realistic depiction of life in the confined space of the submarine.
Our rating: 8.8 / 10
Film value: 10 / 10
Realism factor: 5 / 5
Adventure factor: 3 / 5
Historical accuracy factor: 4 / 5
as Capt.-Lt. Henrich Lehmann-Willenbrock
as Lt. Werner
as Chief Engineer Fritz Grade
as 1st Lieutenant
as 2nd Lieutenant
as Kriechbaum - Chief Quartermaster
as Chief Bosun
War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.