A World War II German U-Boat crew have a terrifying patrol mission in the early days of the war.
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Complete series cast summary:
 Der Alte (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
 Leutnant Werner (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Klaus Wennemann ...
 Leitender Ingenieur (LI) (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Hubertus Bengsch ...
 Erster Wachoffizier (I WO) (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
 Zweiter Wachoffizier (II WO) (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Bernd Tauber ...
 Obersteuermann (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
 Johann, das Gespenst (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Martin May ...
 Ullmann (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
 Hinrich (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
 Bootsmann (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
 Ario (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
 Pilgrim (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ralf Richter ...
 Frenssen (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
 Bibelforscher (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
 Schwalle (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Konrad Becker ...
 Bockstiegel (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Lutz Schnell ...
 Dufte (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Martin Hemme ...
 Brueckenwilli (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Wilhelm Pietsch ...
 Franz (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Helmut Neumeier ...
 Schmutt (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Dirk Salomon ...
 Markus (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Jean-Claude Hoffmann ...
 Benjamin (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Arno Kral ...
 Hagen (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Maryline Moulard ...
 Françoise (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
 Monique (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
 Thomsen (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Günter Lamprecht ...
 Kapitän 'Weser' (6 episodes, 1985-1986)


"The Boat" is the story of the crew of one of the hundreds of U-boats deployed by the Germans in World War II. Subject to countless hours of claustrophobic confinement and unending assault by enemy ships, the crew struggles for survival. Written by Carl Miller <cmiller@binx.mbhs.edu>

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Drama | War


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Release Date:

24 February 1985 (West Germany)  »

Also Known As:

The Boat  »

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(6 episodes) | (DVD)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


There was no "Class VII C" submarine left from World War II, so the crew had to build the whole interior from scratch using original plans from that time. It was mounted on a large pivot to simulate a moving submarine. * U-995 is the only remaining Type VIIC submarine. She has been on public display at Laboe, Germany since 1971. See more »


Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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My absolute favorite
26 September 2005 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

I taped the original Swedish airing of "Das Boot" in the late 80's,and thought it was amazing. Now I own the DVD,and I still think it's amazing! Fortunate enough, this film lack the big special effects,which makes it stand excellent against time.

I prefer the mini over the feature movie. The slower pace and the closeness to the characters really gets to me. Over the years I must have seen this film more than 50 times,and it's still great! The casting is excellent and so is the directing. Wolfgang Petersen have done really well with a great novel. He captures the boredom and the fear in war in a superb way.

Perhaps the labeling of this film as a "war movie", has scared off many viewers from a great piece of art. Both those who dislike war movies and those who like war action.

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