Das Boot

While crossing the Strait of Gibraltar, the U-Boat is attacked by British cruisers and begins to sink. They sink below 300 metres and just as it seems the boat is about to explode under the pressure, they hit a sand bar and teeter for awhile. With their main tanks capsized and unable to surface, the men start to move water by hand, the work made even more excruciating because of the lack of oxygen. Just as it seems the men are about to die, the Chief's plan works and the ballast tanks kick in, and the boat starts to rise. The U-Boat arrives at the port to a hero's welcome, only to be strafed by British bombers. Lt. Werner runs out after the bombing is complete to find most of the crew dead, among them Johann, 2WO, Ullmann and Preacher. Werner then sees the Kaleun propped up against the docks as he watches his boat sink. Just as the U-Boat slips under the waves, the Captain collapses and dies.

Huge Geyser

Continuity mistake: At the end of the first attack by the destroyer - where she misses the U-boat and throws her bombs further away - the boatswain makes 22, then 23 strokes on the slate of the Control Centre,thus counting the number of depth charges used against the boat. A few seconds later, in a shot from another angle, with the slate in full view, we see only 22 strokes. (01:03:30)

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2nd Lieutenant: First time on U-boat?
Lt. Werner: Yeah. First time. It's gonna be exciting.
2nd Lieutenant: Do you have a will?
Lt. Werner: Excuse Me?
2nd Lieutenant: 13 boats down last moth. Sank with men and mice. Exciting, huh?

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Trivia: All the actors were fluent in English and dubbed themselves in the English version.

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Question: The enemy is referred to as "tommies". Why do they call them that?

Answer: Tommy or Tommy Atkins is a term for a common soldier in the British Army. It is particularly associated with being used by the Germans during WWI, but may have been around as early as 1743 - see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommies.


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