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Basics Critics:87Viewers:77Rusty:79
Category: Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery/Noir/Thriller, WarNotable as: Epic film, Award-Winning WorkSub-Category: Thriller, Action Film, War film, Historical fiction, Adventure Film, Drama, Epic filmMain subject: World War II, submarine warfareRuntime: 143 - 293 minutesColor: colorLanguage: German, English, FrenchCountry: West Germany, GermanyFilming location: North Sea, La Pallice, Bodensee, Grünwald, Atlantic OceanDirector: Wolfgang PetersenScreenwriter: Wolfgang PetersenBased on: Das BootMusic: Klaus DoldingerCinematography: Jost VacanoStars: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch, Martin Semmelrogge, Bernd Tauber, Erwin Leder, Martin May, Heinz Hoenig Producer: Günter RohrbachStudio: Bavaria Film, Producers Sales OrganizationAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Cinematography (Jost Vacano)
Academy Award for Best Director (Wolfgang Petersen)
Academy Award for Best Film Editing (Hannes Nikel)
Academy Award for Best Sound Editing
Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing
Academy Award for Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay (Wolfgang Petersen)
Award details: (details at IMDb)

Das Boot is a 1981 German epic war film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Günter Rohrbach, and starring Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann. It has been exhibited both as a theatrical release and as a TV miniseries, and in several different home video versions of various running times. Das Boot is an adaption of the 1973 German novel of the same name by Lothar-Günther Buchheim. Set during World War II, the film tells the fictional story of U-96 and its crew. It depicts both the excitement of battle and the tedium of the fruitless hunt, and shows the men serving aboard U-boats as ordinary individuals with a desire to do their best for their comrades and their country. The screenplay used an amalgamation of exploits from the real U-96, a Type VIIC-class U-boat. Development for Das Boot began in 1979. Several American directors were considered three years earlier before the film was shelved. During the film's production, Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock, the captain of the real U-96 and one of Germany's top U-boat "tonnage aces" during the war, and Hans-Joachim Krug, former first officer on U-219, served as consultants.

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