Das Boot (The Boat)
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Das Boot (The Boat)
Das Boot is one of the most gripping and authentic war movies ever made. Based on an autobiographical novel by German World War II photographer Lothar-Guenther Buchheim, the film follows the lives of a fearless U-Boat captain (Jurgen Prochnow) and his inexperienced crew as they patrol the Atlantic and Mediterranean in search of Allied vessels, taking turns as hunter and prey. There's very little plot, so the movie's power comes from both its riveting, epic battle scenes and its details of the boring hours spent waiting for orders or signs of the enemy. With the exception of one staunch… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Everything described in the film is authentic."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Petersen's shooting style displays a breathtaking, if impersonal and faintly academic, virtuosity comparable to that of Lean or Coppola."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Still makes compulsive viewing."
‑ , Film4
"Few war films are more potent than Das Boot...the ultimate submarine movie. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"THE submarine movie. No other sub-flick even comes close."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
"The film has no qualities beyond its formal polish."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Das Boot is yet another moving testament to the wastefulness of battle."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Gripping and authentic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It is unlike any other war film in that it confines the audience in a confined submarine where we digest the fear and panic of the human beings on screen. In short, "Das Boot" is a religious experience."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Consistently riveting and intensely claustrophobic, the Oscar-nominated Das Boot is one of the most thrilling submarine pictures ever made in any language, and still is Wolfgang Petersen's best film by far."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Agripping, impressively detailed account of one harrowing voyage by a German U-boat during World War II."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"The film reaches right out to grab us by the neck and squeeze hard."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"The execution is second to none; taut, claustrophobic and overwhelming."
‑ Nick De Semlyen, Empire Magazine
"Just as good, some say better, than the original classic."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"One of the best war films ever."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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