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      U-571

      2000, Mystery & thriller, 1h 56m

      117 Reviews 50,000+ Ratings

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      Excellent cinematography and an interesting plot accompanied by a talented cast and crew make U-571 a tense thriller. Read critic reviews

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      Jonathan Mostow is director and co-screenwriter of Universal's U-571 Matthew McConaughey, T.C. Carson, Will Estes and Thomas Guiry in Universal's U-571 Jon Bon Jovi as Lt. Pete Emmett in Universal's U-571 A World War II American submarine crew sets out on a daring top-secret mission in Universal's U-571 Bill Paxton as Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren in Universal's U-571 Jack Noseworthy as Radioman Wentz in Universal's U-571 Erik Palladino as Mazzola in Universal's U-571 Thomas Kretschmann as Kapitanlieutenant Wassner in Universal's U-571 Lt. Andrew Tyler (Matthew McConaughey) in Universal's U-571 Jake Weber, Jack Noseworthy, Harvey Keitel and Matthew McConaughey in Universal's U-571 Will Estes, Jack Noseworthy, Matthew McConaughey and Jake Weber in Universal's U-571 Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel in Universal's U-571 Matthew McConaughey and Bill Paxton in Universal's U-571 Jack Noseworthy, Derk Cheetwood, Jon Bon Jovi, Erik Palladino and Harvey Keitel in Universal's U-571 Harvey Keitel and Matthew McConaughey in Universal's U-571 A World War II American submarine crew, led by Lt. Andrew Tyler (Matthew McConaughey), sets out on a daring top-secret mission in Universal's U-571 Jon Bon Jovi and Matthew McConaughey in Universal's U-571 David Keith as Marine Major Coonan in Universal's U-571 Jake Weber as Lt. Hirsch in Universal's U-571 U-571 (2000)

      Movie Info

      When a German U-571 submarine with a sophisticated encryption machine onboard is sunk during a World War II battle at sea, the Allies send an American Navy force led by Lieutenant Andrew Tyler (Matthew McConaughey) to retrieve it for study. Boarding the German ship, the Americans' cover as a rescue force is quickly blown. Forced to take the crew hostage, the Americans lay their explosives and prepare to destroy the German vessel before the Nazis can send naval backup.

      • Rating: PG-13 (War Violence)

      • Genre: Mystery & thriller

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Jonathan Mostow

      • Producer: Dino De Laurentiis, Martha De Laurentiis

      • Writer: Jonathan Mostow, Jonathan Mostow, Sam Montgomery, David Ayer

      • Release Date (Theaters):  wide

      • Release Date (Streaming):

      • Box Office (Gross USA): $77.1M

      • Runtime:

      • Distributor: Universal Pictures

      • Production Co: Universal Pictures, Canal Plus Image International

      • Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo, DTS, SDDS, Surround, Dolby Digital, Dolby SR

      • Aspect Ratio: Scope (2.35:1)

      Cast & Crew

      Matthew McConaughey
      Bill Paxton
      Harvey Keitel
      Jon Bon Jovi
      Jake Weber
      David Keith
      Terrence "T.C." Carson
      Thomas Kretschmann
      Matthew Settle
      Jonathan Mostow
      Sam Montgomery
      David Ayer
      Hal Lieberman
      Oliver Wood
      Wayne Wahrman
      Richard Marvin
      Götz Weidner
      Lucio Trentini
      Robert Woodruff
      Robert Gould
      Cynthia Sleiter
      April Ferry
      Gregory Hooper

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      • May 25, 2013

        U-571 is a thrilling and powerful war film from writer/director Jonathan Mostow. The story follows the crew of a US Navy submarine that is sent on a secret mission to recover an Enigma decoder from a disabled German U-boat. Starring Matthew McConaugey, Harvey Keitel, and Bill Paxton, the film has a strong cast. The writing is also rather good, and does an excellent job at creating suspenseful and intense battle scenes. Additionally, the directing is impressive, and brings a lot of energy and excitement to the film. Well-crafted, U-571 is action packed and delivers an incredible high-seas adventure.

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      • Sep 22, 2012

        Well this caused a hullabaloo upon release, such a big hullabaloo that it even involved our British Prime Minister, some MP's and eventually President Clinton! I do recall at the time that Britain was not too pleased about the historical rigging so Clinton had to smooth things over, was quite the headline. Anyway if you can see past the huge numerous historical inaccuracies this wartime submarine thriller is pure adventure and action in a real boys own way. I don't mean to take anything away from the real memory of the maritime war effort but this really is a rollicking good fun film that will grab you and not let go. A gripping plot surrounding the need to capture the Enigma cipher machine of the German U-boat U-571. The crew of the US S-33 are sent in disguised as a German U-boat to infiltrate U-571 and capture the machine without anyone ever knowing they were there. Of course things don't go to plan and this is where the thrills begin as the US crew fight to remain undetected and escape with their valuable cargo. At first the film isn't overly impressive visually, seems to cozy, but as the story progresses things seem to get better, probably due to the moisture, sweat, heat and dirt buildup on crew and set. External visuals are lovely as we get many excellent pan shots of a real sub ocean bound with people on board (not sure whether they are the actual actors). Like other sub flicks ('Crimson Tide') most of the film takes place inside the German U-boat. Not as stunning or large as interior shots in said Scott flick but naturally size/tech varies between subs of then and now. What you do get is a very tight cramped experience which really offers an insight into how these boys lived in these tin cans. Realism is assured and is enough to give anyone a fear of confined spaces, the constant dripping from pipes and seals would do it for me. Cast is quite a unique mixed bag here too. 80's action men Paxton and Keith are reunited after 'The Lords of Discipline', Keith looking the slick Bond type in his turtle neck and leather coat, a bit cliched maybe. Other main leads went to hard man Keitel alongside wannabe action hero/romcom regular McConaughey. British actor Weber struggled to maintain his US accent which unintentionally gave me some chuckles. Of course one noteworthy element was the inclusion of Jon Bon Jovi in the cast, I think his first major role in a proper major flick. At the time most did ask why they couldn't have found a real actor for the role, his presence certainly made you wonder about the films credibility before release, a rock star in a legitimate war film? So with a mixed bag of various actors from various genres the film still managed to be one of the best war thrillers I've seen in a long while. Like I said the sub interior sequences are perfect and capture the hellish mood whilst the few special effects are nicely done and not over the top. Musical score doesn't quite hit the emotions as well as other war films, not overly memorable. Despite the Americanisation of the truth this film still wins and delivers a ripping yarn alongside a good dedication to the real men of the time. Love the films poster also.

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      • Jul 13, 2012

        An exciting, tense, and thrilling submarine movie. I was surprised at how much action there was, and it was constant. The acting is great too. Matthew McConaughey and Harvey Keitel really shine in their roles. The special effects are fantastic for their time. The best shot is when the U.S. Navy team fires a torpedo at a German submarine and it both implodes and explodes at the same time. The cinematography is very good as well. The camera is often hoisted on a mast as the submarine dives underwater or rises afloat. The story isn't revolutionary, but it doesn't have to be. You're here to watch Navy battles and submarines getting blown up, and there's plenty of it. It's a really well done movie, and extremely entertaining.

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      • May 20, 2012

        This star vehicle, set in WWll, actioner has the Yanks stealing a disabled German sub in the mid-Atlantic (much as the producers hope to steal the thunder of Das Boot). Plenty of macho posturing ensues. There are better WWll sub flicks out there. Das Boot comes to mind.

        kevin w Super Reviewer

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