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U-571 (2000)

Action, War

U-571 is a submarine film directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Matthew McConaughey, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi, Jake Weber, and Matthew Settle. The plot concerns a World War II German submarine boarded by American submariners to capture her Enigma cipher machine.

Although the film was financially successful and reasonably well received by critics, the plot attracted substantial criticism. British sailors from HMS Bulldog captured the first naval Enigma machine from U-110 in the North Atlantic in May 1941, months before the United States entered the war and three years before the US Navy captured U-505 and its Enigma machine. The anger over these inaccuracies reached the British Parliament, where the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, agreed that the film was an “affront” to British sailors. The film was also criticized for portraying German U-boat crews in a negative light by showing them gunning down Allied survivors instead of giving them assistance or taking them aboard as prisoners.

During the Battle of the Atlantic, after sinking a merchant ship from an Allied convoy, German U-boat U-571 has her engines badly damaged by depth charges from a British destroyer. U-571’s skipper Kapitänleutnant Günther Wassner makes a distress call that is intercepted by American intelligence. The US Navy has its submarine S-33 modified to resemble a German resupply U-boat, to try to steal the Enigma machine coding device and sink the U-571. Before the crew of S-33 receives its assignment, the submarine’s executive officer Lieutenant Tyler is unhappy about a recommendation for command of his own submarine being blocked by his commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Dahlgren.

Director: Jonathan Mostow

Writers: Jonathan Mostow (story), Jonathan Mostow (screenplay), Sam Montgomery (screenplay), David Ayer (screenplay)

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi, David Keith, Thomas Kretschmann, Jake Weber


Matthew McConaugheyLt. Andrew Tyler
Bill PaxtonLt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren
Harvey KeitelCPO Henry Klough
Jon Bon JoviLt. Pete Emmett
David KeithMaj. Matthew Coonan
Thomas KretschmannCapt.-Lt. Gunther Wassner
Jake WeberLt. Hirsch
Jack NoseworthySeaman Bill Wentz
Tom GuirySeaman Ted ‘Trigger’ Fitzgerald
Will EstesSeaman Ronald ‘Rabbit’ Parker
Terrence ‘T.C.’ CarsonSteward Eddie Carson (as T.C. Carson)
Erik PalladinoSeaman Anthony Mazzola
Dave PowerSeaman Charles ‘Tank’ Clemens
Derk CheetwoodSeaman Herb Griggs
Matthew SettleEns. Keith Larson
Rebecca TilneyMrs. Dahlgren
Carolyna De LaurentiisPrudence Dahlgren
Dina De LaurentiisLouise Dahlgren
Burnell TuckerAdm. Duke
Rob AllynEnsign
Carsten VoigtGerman Chief Hans
Gunter WürgerLt. Kohn (as Gunther Wuerger)
Oliver StokowskiGerman E-Chief
Arnd KlawitterGerman Hydrophone Operator
Kai MaurerGerman Planesman
Robert LahodaGerman Engineer
Peter StarkGerman Lookout
Erich RedmanGerman Bosun
William John EvansMarine Sergeant (as Sergeant William John Evans)
Robin AskwithBritish Seaman
Jasper WoodPetty Officer
Martin GladeGunner Officer
Oliver OsthusDepth Charge Officer
John William FalconerOther Sergeant (as Corporal John William Falconer)
Cory Glen MathewsOther Sergeant (as Corporal Cory Glen Mathews)
Valentina ArdeatiniMrs. Peggy Larson (as Valentina Adreatini)
Mauro CerminaraSoldato (uncredited)
Norman Campbell ReesMilitary Police Sergeant (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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