Das Boot
Das Boot (1981)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: September 17, 1981
DVD Release Date: December 10, 1997
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Taut, breathtakingly thrilling, and devastatingly intelligent, Das Boot is one of the greatest war films ever made.

Variety Staff

Everything described in the film is authentic.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Petersen's shooting style displays a breathtaking, if impersonal and faintly academic, virtuosity comparable to that of Lean or Coppola.

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Still makes compulsive viewing.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film has no qualities beyond its formal polish.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Das Boot is yet another moving testament to the wastefulness of battle.

TV Guide

Gripping and authentic.

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Todd McCarthy

Agripping, impressively detailed account of one harrowing voyage by a German U-boat during World War II.

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

The film reaches right out to grab us by the neck and squeeze hard.

Nick De Semlyen
Empire Magazine

The execution is second to none; taut, claustrophobic and overwhelming.

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Flixster Audience Score: 96% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
A tense, claustrophobic and intense film that makes us empathize with soldiers from the wrong side of an inglorious war, and what a a terrific cinematography… More
Thomas Johnston
Wolfgang Petersen did something I felt was impossible... I actually found myself kind of rooting for the Germans in this WWII set film. Great performances from… More
Randy Tippy
Speaking as a submarine veteran of both the Atlantic and Pacific fleets, this is by far the grittiest, most realistic sub movie I've ever seen.… More
Kevin K.
Grade A (95%) This is a great submarine movie I have seen since "The Hunt for Red October". Das Boot (also known as The Boat) is a thrilling… More
Dan Schultz
An extraordinary well-made, politically savvy submarine movie concerning a group of German soldiers during WW2 who have doubts concerning the direction of the… More
Alex roy
If there's a war film that truly represents the realistic submarine warfare of World War II, Das Boot would be it. Wolfgang Peterson has crafted his… More