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2,419 Ratings

Das Boot

Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
West Germany, 1981
Thriller, War


A German submarine hunting allied ships during the Second World War become the hunted ones. As the crew try to survive below the surface, they push the boat and themselves to unbearable limits.

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Das Boot Directed by Wolfgang Petersen

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1983 | 6 nominations including: Best Director

National Board of Review

1982 | Winner: Top Foreign Films

BAFTA Awards

1983 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

What are people saying?

  • dionysus67's rating of the film Das Boot

    Shorter duration in several scenes and others omitted in the TV version do not impact this gorgeously sustained war drama with impeccable character development and superb camerawork, the claustrophobic effects of which are mitigated by beautiful lighting. Prochnow leads not only the U-boat but an excellent cast; patriotic and disillusioned. In spite of the pre-Hollywood style, it's a truly remarkable achievement.

  • DrFirestone's rating of the film Das Boot

    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.

  • mpho3's rating of the film Das Boot

    Now it all turns psychological, gentlemen. Here in the middle of the sea, it's always another story. I hope you're taking notes. No getting laid. No sexy nurses. No hot telephone operators. Excellent prospects for drowning. Heading into the inexorable, where no mother will care for us, no woman crosses our path, where only reality reigns w/ cruelty & grandeur. I was drunk w/ those words. All you need is good people.

  • Zachary T.'s rating of the film Das Boot

    Petersen makes us feel every drop of sweat, the metallic coldness and claustrophobia of the sub, the chaos and screaming it can suddenly erupt into at any moment. As a result of that, Das Boot is patiently paced, yet always commanding and gripping. I swear you can almost taste the stink at times, and that's damn good filmmaking. The party scene deserves a lot of credit too, great way to open the film.

  • HEDONIST's rating of the film Das Boot

    A true feat in cinematic realism and beauty -- the ability of Peterson to create the atmosphere of claustrophobia, fear and uneasiness through the use of lighting, camera-work and excellent casting is unrivaled among other contemporary films. The performances are truly breathtaking. The film unveils and is compelling at every moment just like a well-executed film should be. A true work of art. ¡Bravo!

  • João Rocha's rating of the film Das Boot

    And you can feel all the feelings that appear in the screen, you know its a good movie. And you can really feel the claustostrophobia, fear and despair of the soldiers! well done

  • J. O.'s rating of the film Das Boot

    An exercise in tension and claustrophobia, where warfare takes the back seat and the nature of man is explored.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film Das Boot

    The Director's cut feels slightly longer than it should, but Peterson's filmmaking throughout is outstanding… It deserves every bit of the praise it still holds after more than three decades.

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