U-571

Factual error: In the last battle scene when you see shots of the German destroyer through the periscope the last one shot before it's blown up is really bad angling. The ship is far away but in the scope it's very close and the periscope (in order to get that camera angle) is 100 ft in the air.

Factual error: U-571 was sunk on January 8, 1944, by an Australian Sunderland. She was previously damaged by an Allied destroyer on March 22, 1943, but managed to come back to the base. All supply submarines (Type XIV or Type VIIF) were actually sunk by Allied planes or surface ships. I know that the movie is entertaining rather than historical, but why didn't the movie makers choose boats that disappeared without a trace instead?

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Suggested correction: As you said, it's entertaining, not historical, as such, the facts and events don't have to be 100% accurate. Not really a mistake.

Choosing a boat with a demonstrably different fate than depicted in the movie can be considered a valid historical mistake.

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Factual error: The film is set during the war and there is a Toyota forklift driving around in one of the dock scenes.... (01:19:45)

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Trivia: U-571 cause quite a stir in England especially in the small northern town of Horsforth (where I actually live), because we felt the movie 'Hollywood-ised' a British victory. The people of Horsforth raised an astonishing £241,000 in one week (about £4million today) to fund the building of the HMS Aubretia, the ship that captured the first enigma machine when it depth charged U-110. It caused so much upset amongst people that President Bill Clinton wrote a letter to the people of Horsforth praising the town for their part in the war effort. The letter is now on display in the local museum.

Trivia: Matthew McConaughey didn't like his character's background, so he asked that it be changed from the original, not being promoted because he was a drunk, to basically never making a decision that might cost someone their life.

David Robertson

Chief Klough: Those Krauts sure know how to build a boat.

Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: What the hell are you doing, huh? This is not a God damn democracy.

Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: Relax gentlemen. She's old... but she'll hold.

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Question: Throughout the film you can see that Tank, played by Dave Power, has funny-looking thin black scars on both cheeks. Was this a makeup effect for the character (and if so, why did they do it), or does the actor really have these scars on his cheeks (and if so, what from)?

Chosen answer: The scars you see on Tank's face are fake, pure makeup. They wanted the character to have a gritty look.

Question: At first we learn that Tyler is not getting his own submarine, but then a few scenes later and he's being fired from the navy. What happened?

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