The Daily Telegraph

Das Boot: The Director’s Cut (1981)



Hitler sent out 40,000 men aboard German U-boats during the Second World War; fewer than 13,000 of them returned. This action-drama is the story of 42 raw recruits on a U-boat patrol, and the captain (Jürgen Prochnow) who leads them. Director Wolfgang Petersen makes the crew’s boredom, claustroph­obia and terror palpable. The lengthy running time of this edit glides stealthily by.

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