U-571 (2000) Movie

Report Movie    




Ratings / Votes
6.5/ 10 (47069 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG-13 for war violence

Production Company
Canal Plus Image International - (as Canal+ Image) (presents)
Dino De Laurentiis Company [us] - (as Dino De Laurentiis) (in association with)
Universal Pictures [us] - (presents)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 17 April 2000
(Australia) - 20 April 2000
(New Zealand) - 20 April 2000
(USA) - 21 April 2000
(UK) - 2 June 2000

Running Time

You won't come up for air until it's over! Heroes are ordinary men who do extraordinary things in extraordinary times.

bare-chested-male, based-on-real-events, battle, binoculars, blood, bomb, burned-alive, canon, cigarette-smoking, code, corpse, crew, cryptography, deception, destroyer, drowning, encryption, enigma-machine, exploding-ship, explosion, gas-mask, german-language, german-navy, glock, grenade,

Technical Support
CAM:Arriflex 435, Cooke S4, Speed Panchro and Nikon Lenses
CAM:Arriflex 535, Cooke S4, Speed Panchro and Nikon Lenses
LAB:DeLuxe, Hollywood (CA), USA
MET:3181 m - (Sweden)
MET:3273 m - (Spain)
OFM:35 mm - (Kodak Vision 500T 5279)
PCS:Super 35
PFM:35 mm - (anamorphic)
RAT:2.35 : 1

Related Pictures

Pictures of U-571 (2000) Movie not found

Full Cast

  1. Allyn, Rob (I) as [Ensign] <20>
  2. Askwith, Robin as [British Seaman] <30>
  3. Bon Jovi, Jon as [Lt. Pete Emmett] <4>
  4. Carson, Terrence T.C. as [Steward Eddie Carson] <11>
  5. Cheetwood, Derk as [Seaman Herb Griggs] <14>
  6. Estes, Will (I) as [Seaman Ronald 'Rabbit' Parker] <10>
  7. Evans, William John as (as Sergeant William John Evans) [Marine Sergeant] <29>
  8. Falconer, John William as (as Corporal John William Falconer) [Other Sergeant] <34>
  9. Glade, Martin (I) as [Gunner Officer] <32>
  10. Guiry, Tom as [Seaman Ted 'Trigger' Fitzgerald] <9>
  11. Keitel, Harvey as [CPO Henry Klough] <3>
  12. Keith, David (I) as [Maj. Matthew Coonan] <5>
  13. Klawitter, Arnd as [German Hydrophone Operator] <24>
  14. Kretschmann, Thomas as [Capt.-Lt. Gunther Wassner] <6>
  15. Lahoda, Robert as [German Engineer] <26>
  16. Mathews, Cory Glen as (as Corporal Cory Glen Mathews) [Other Sergeant] <35>
  17. Maurer, Kai as [German Planesman] <25>
  18. McConaughey, Matthew as [Lt. Andrew Tyler] <1>
  19. Noseworthy, Jack as [Seaman Bill Wentz] <8>
  20. Osthus, Oliver as [Depth Charge Officer] <33>
  21. Palladino, Erik as [Seaman Anthony Mazzola] <12>
  22. Paxton, Bill as [Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren] <2>
  23. Power, Dave as [Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens] <13>
  24. Redman, Erich as [German Bosun] <28>
  25. Rees, Norman Campbell as (uncredited) [Military Police Sergeant]
  26. Settle, Matthew (I) as [Ens. Keith Larson] <15>
  27. Stark, Peter (I) as [German Lookout] <27>
  28. Stokowski, Oliver as [German E-Chief] <23>
  29. Tucker, Burnell as [Adm. Duke] <19>
  30. Voigt, Carsten as [German Chief Hans] <21>
  31. Weber, Jake as [Lt. Hirsch] <7>
  32. Wood, Jasper as [Petty Officer] <31>
  33. Würger, Gunter as [Lt. Kohn] <22>
  34. Ardeatini, Valentina as [Mrs. Peggy Larson] <36>
  35. De Laurentiis, Carolyna as [Prudence Dahlgren] <17>
  36. De Laurentiis, Dina as [Louise Dahlgren] <18>
  37. Malinowski, Jennifer Barrett as (uncredited) [Joanie - Pete Emmett's Fiancee]
  38. Tilney, Rebecca as [Mrs. Dahlgren] <16>


  1. Action
  2. Drama
  3. Thriller
  4. War

Full Plot

In the midst of World War II, the battle below the seas rages. The Nazi's have the upper edge as the Allies are unable to crack their war codes. That is, until a wrecked U-boat sends out an SOS signal, and the Allies realise this is their chance to seize the 'enigma coding machine'. But masquerading as Nazi's and taking over the U-boat is the smallest of their problems. The action really begins when they get stranded on the U-boat. Filmtwob During World War II, the Allies were having trouble against the German Navy especially their U-Boats because of their highly sophisticated cipher machines. When a German U-Boat is damaged and is waiting for assistance, the Americans decide that this is an opportunity for them to get the machine. So they have one of their subs made up to look like a German, and plan to pretend to be the ship sent to assist them and take control of the U-Boat and take the machine and destroy the sub so that the Germans will not know that they have the machine. And everything went according to plan; they got the machine and transferred the crew to their sub and were about to leave when out of nowhere they're hit by a torpedo from the German relief sub. The members of the crew who were not on board the sub, proceed to board the German U-Boat and try to make it back. Now the senior officer is the sub's XO who's eager to be in command but his commander had told him earlier that he felt he was not ready because he might not be ready to make tough decisions. And now he has to, if he and the survivors are to survive. In the battle front of espionage and code cracking of World War II, there remains but one task on the Allied agenda: the capture of a German "Enigma" machine which will allow the Allied naval forces to locate and track submerged German U-Boat submarines. When one such German vessel breaks down after a battle with British forces, a secret mission is dispatched to take over the U-Boat by commando American forces and retrieve an Enigma machine intact. The raid goes well, at first, yet following the destruction of the American mothership and the arrival of reenforcement German ships, the Americans trapped on the U-Boat must use their training and wits to pilot U-571 in order to save their lives. Anthony Hughes Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 150,226 (Netherlands) (31 December 2001) AD: 150,000 (Netherlands) (31 December 2000) AD: 466,471 (Spain) (10 August 2002) AD: 458,676 (Spain) (25 June 2001) BT: USD 62,000,000 GR: USD 77,086,030 (USA) (13 August 2000) GR: USD 76,934,890 (USA) (6 August 2000) GR: USD 76,671,180 (USA) (30 July 2000) GR: USD 76,368,160 (USA) (23 July 2000) GR: USD 79,068,995 (USA) (16 July 2000) GR: USD 75,746,550 (USA) (9 July 2000) GR: USD 75,462,745 (USA) (4 July 2000) GR: USD 74,962,935 (USA) (25 June 2000) GR: USD 74,150,165 (USA) (18 June 2000) GR: USD 72,911,300 (USA) (11 June 2000) GR: USD 71,113,720 (USA) (4 June 2000) GR: USD 68,952,220 (USA) (28 May 2000) GR: USD 64,397,750 (USA) (21 May 2000) GR: USD 57,828,485 (USA) (14 May 2000) GR: USD 49,591,290 (USA) (7 May 2000) GR: USD 38,111,145 (USA) (30 April 2000) GR: USD 19,553,310 (USA) (23 April 2000) GR: GBP 2,471,952 (UK) (27 August 2000) GR: GBP 2,280,019 (UK) (2 July 2000) GR: GBP 2,155,760 (UK) (25 June 2000) GR: GBP 1,896,858 (UK) (18 June 2000) GR: GBP 1,540,569 (UK) (11 June 2000) GR: GBP 765,313 (UK) (4 June 2000) GR: USD 127,666,415 (Worldwide) (30 June 2012) GR: EUR 1,894,866 (Spain) (10 August 2002) GR: ESP 310,144,356 (Spain) (25 June 2001) OW: USD 19,553,310 (USA) (23 April 2000) (2,583 screens) OW: GBP 765,313 (UK) (4 June 2000) (281 screens) OW: USD 104,829 (Sweden) (12 November 2000) (36 screens) SD: 25 January 1999 - 30 May 1999 WG: USD 71,325 (USA) (13 August 2000) (155 screens) WG: USD 154,685 (USA) (6 August 2000) (238 screens) WG: USD 179,375 (USA) (30 July 2000) (287 screens) WG: USD 199,640 (USA) (23 July 2000) (330 screens) WG: USD 197,480 (USA) (16 July 2000) (311 screens) WG: USD 226,695 (USA) (9 July 2000) (635 screens) WG: USD 203,885 (USA) (2 July 2000) (337 screens) WG: USD 503,190 (USA) (25 June 2000) (544 screens) WG: USD 688,025 (USA) (18 June 2000) (688 screens) WG: USD 1,060,660 (USA) (11 June 2000) (1,172 screens) WG: USD 1,537,920 (USA) (4 June 2000) (1,602 screens) WG: USD 3,260,205 (USA) (28 May 2000) (2,044 screens) WG: USD 4,637,520 (USA) (21 May 2000) (2,736 screens) WG: USD 5,738,765 (USA) (14 May 2000) (2,820 screens) WG: USD 7,765,375 (USA) (7 May 2000) (2,701 screens) WG: USD 12,203,655 (USA) (30 April 2000) (2,616 screens) WG: USD 19,553,310 (USA) (23 April 2000) (2,583 screens) WG: GBP 101,600 (UK) (27 August 2000) (65 screens) WG: GBP 54,468 (UK) (2 July 2000) (80 screens) WG: GBP 120,701 (UK) (25 June 2000) (153 screens) WG: GBP 152,619 (UK) (18 June 2000) (251 screens) WG: GBP 448,249 (UK) (11 June 2000) (283 screens) WG: GBP 765,313 (UK) (4 June 2000) (281 screens)

Movie Certificate

14 (Canada)(Nova Scotia) (original rating)
PG (Canada)(Nova Scotia) (re-rating on appeal)
PG (Canada)(Ontario)
14 (Iceland)(original rating)
16 (Iceland)(video rating)
14 (Brazil)
13 (Argentina)
M (Australia)
14 (Chile)
15 (Denmark)
K-14 (Finland)
U (France)
16 (Germany)
IIB (Hong Kong)
15 (Ireland)
12 (Netherlands)
M (New Zealand)
15 (Norway)
M/12 (Portugal)
7 (Spain)
11 (Sweden)
12 (Switzerland)(canton of Geneva)
12 (Switzerland)(canton of Vaud)
12 (UK)
PG-13 (USA)
12 (South Korea)
PG (Singapore)
PG-13 (Philippines)

Music Composers

  1. Marvin, Richard (I)


  1. Wood, Oliver (I)

Dress Designers

  1. Ferry, April


Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2001) (Argentina) (DVD)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2001) (Argentina) (VHS)
Argentina Video Home [ar] - (2004) (Argentina) (DVD)
Ascot Elite Entertainment Group [ch] - (2000) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
Bac Films [fr] - (2000) (France) (theatrical)
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) [gb] - (2003) (UK) (TV) (BBC1)
CIC-Taft Home Video [au] - (Australia) (VHS)
Entertainment Film Distributors [gb] - (2000) (UK) (theatrical)
Filmes Lusomundo [pt] - (2000) (Portugal) (theatrical)
Front Row Filmed Entertainment [ae] - (2009) (United Arab Emirates) (DVD) (Middle East)
GAGA Humax [jp] - (2000) (Japan) (theatrical)
GAGA [jp] - (2000) (Japan) (theatrical)
Highlight Film [de] - (2001) (Germany) (VHS)
Highlight Film [de] - (2003) (Germany) (DVD) (2-disc set)
Highlight Film [de] - (2004) (Germany) (DVD)
Independent Films [nl] - (2000) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Kinowelt Hungary [hu] - (2000) (Hungary) (theatrical)
Laurenfilm [es] - (2000) (Spain) (theatrical)
New Films International [us] - (2000) (Non-USA) (all media)
Odeon [gr] - (2000) (Greece) (all media)
Pinema [tr] - (2000) (Turkey) (all media)
Sandrew Metronome Distribution Sverige AB [se] - (2000) (Sweden) (theatrical)
Sandrew Metronome Distribution [fi] - (2000) (Denmark) (theatrical)
Sandrew Metronome Distribution [fi] - (2000) (Finland) (theatrical)
Sandrew Metronome Norge [no] - (2000) (Norway) (theatrical)
Sandrews [se] - (2001) (Sweden) (DVD)
Sandrews [se] - (2009) (Sweden) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Studio Canal [fr] - (2000) (Non-USA) (all media) (European sales)
StudioCanal [fr] - (2002) (2004) (France) (DVD)
StudioCanal [fr] - (2009) (France) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
United International Pictures (UIP) [ar] - (2000) (Argentina) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [nl] - (2000) (Belgium) (theatrical)
United International Pictures (UIP) [nl] - (2000) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
Universal Home Video [us] - (USA) (DVD) (D-Theater)
Universal Pictures Benelux [nl] - (2001) (Netherlands) (DVD) (VHS)
Universal Pictures Benelux [nl] - (2004) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Universal Pictures Benelux [nl] - (2008) (Netherlands) (DVD)
Universal Pictures Benelux [nl] - (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Universal Pictures [us] - (2000) (USA) (theatrical)
Universal Studios Home Entertainment [us] - (2008) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
Yorin [nl] - (2003) (Netherlands) (TV)

Film Editors

  1. Wahrman, Wayne


  1. Aaron, David (II) (armorer) (uncredited)
  2. Amadori, Monica (helicopter pilot)
  3. Amati Jr., Edmondo (set manager: second unit)
  4. Bailey, Daniel (I) (zodiac captain) (as Danny Bailey)
  5. Balme, David (historical advisor)
  6. Belfiore, Francesco (personal assistant to actor)
  7. Booth, Rebecca (I) (production assistant)
  8. Bowen, Linda (I) (assistant accountant)
  9. Bradeley, Brian (submarine captain)
  10. Brehme, Paul (assistant: Mr. Mostow)
  11. Burnside, Lisa (zodiac captain)
  12. Canale, Sabrina (personal assistant: Mr. Jon Bon Jovi and Mr. Bill Paxton)
  13. Canesso, Ezio (helicopter pilot)
  14. Chambers, Mark (II) (production safety) (uncredited)
  15. Dade, Danny (tank supervisor)
  16. Dawson, Robert (I) (title designer)
  17. De Rosa, Gianfranco (set manager)
  18. Delovich, Shirley (assistant: Mr. De Laurentiis)
  19. Dreyer, Dianne (script supervisor)
  20. Ellin, Dave (submarine captain)
  21. Ferroni, Carla (production liaison)
  22. Freeman, Hector (assistant: Mr. De Laurentiis)
  23. Galea, Charlie (rescue diver)
  24. Galea, Rita (production coordinator: Malta)
  25. Hannifin, Patrick (technical advisor)
  26. Hickman, Karina (zodiac captain)
  27. Julian Jr., Harry L. (marine supervisor) (as Harry Julian Jr.)
  28. Julian Sr., Harry L. (assistant marine coordinator) (as Harry Julian Sr.)
  29. Julian, Hilary (assistant marine coordinator)
  30. Julian, Lance (marine coordinator) (as Captain Lance Julian)
  31. Jung, Marcus Maria (voice-over) (as Marcus Jung)
  32. Kahn, David (II) (cryptographic consultant) (as Dr. David Kahn)
  33. Kosak, Samba (personal assistant)
  34. Kramer, Mitchell (I) (zodiac captain)
  35. Lamastra, Elvira (assistant: Mr. De Laurentiis)
  36. Lepri, Sabina (set production assistant)
  37. Lichtenegger, Michael (production liaison)
  38. Mahdavi, Mahnaz Mary (accountant: USA and Europe)
  39. Mahoney, Dennis (I) (assistant accountant)
  40. Mascia, Norma Marie (production coordinator: second unit)
  41. McHenry, Douglas W. (post-production accountant)
  42. Mercuri, Mario (I) (account service representative)
  43. Merrill, J.C. (assistant marine coordinator)
  44. Murphy, Jacqueline (I) (unit nurse)
  45. Nardulli, Gianluca (assistant unit publicist)
  46. Nixon, Gary (I) (location accountant)
  47. Novakovic, Ante (assistant: Harvey Keitel) (uncredited)
  48. Nudi, Christina (assistant choreographer)
  49. O'Sullivan, Denis (assistant: Harvey Keitel) (uncredited)
  50. Odelga, Hilde (production coordinator)
  51. Partin, Jeff (I) (zodiac captain)
  52. Pavolini, Francesco (set production assistant)
  53. Pearson, Jim (III) (additional marine support)
  54. Perry, Al (I) (diver)
  55. Perry, Al (I) (water safety)
  56. Rhodes, Annie (assistant: Mr. Mostow)
  57. Riitano, Luigi (location accountant)
  58. Shumaker, Dresden (assistant: Mr. Mostow)
  59. Smith, Michael (XIV) (production accountant)
  60. Snell, Leontine (choreographer)
  61. Spetsiotis, Nick (assistant marine coordinator)
  62. Starbuck, Cheryl (script supervisor: second unit)
  63. Stivala, Jennifer (assistant accountant) (uncredited)
  64. Swank, Cid (unit publicist)
  65. Tasso, Franca (production liaison)
  66. Tomasso, Elisabetta (production assistant) (uncredited)
  67. Tomovic, Branko (voice-over)
  68. Vahle, Dirk (aerial coordinator)
  69. Valenzuela, Doug (zodiac captain)
  70. Villanti, Antonella (assistant accountant)


Marine Maj. Coonan: How deep does this thing go? Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: Oh, she'll go all the way to the bottom if we don't stop her. Chief Klough: You're the skipper now. And the skipper always knows what to do whether he does or not. Eddie: It's the first time you ever seen a black man ain't it... get used to it. [During a depth charge attack] Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Mister Hirsch, step away from that bulkhead. The shockwave from one of these explosions could snap your spine. Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: If this mission goes south I will blow that boat right out of the water. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: What the hell are you doing, huh? This is NOT a God damn democracy! Ens. Keith Larson, Chief Torpedoman: They wouldn't give me five minutes to consumate my marriage. Five minutes! Chief Klough: Well, Mister Tyler, if you ever need a chief, I'll go to sea with you anytime. Chief Klough: What the hell are those yardbirds doing to my boat? Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: His body is gonna to save our lives. Mrs. Dahlgren: Where's your date, Andy? It's not like you to arrive stagged like this. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: I'm afraid I couldn't get one on such short notice ma'am. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: I didn't get my boat. Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: I know. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: And with all due respect, sir, there's only one way that could've happened and that's if you withheld your recomendation. Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: That's right. I just don't think your ready. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: What do you mean I'm not ready? Sir, I have worked my tail off on the S-33. I'm qualified in every area and then some. What executive officer has higher marks then I do, Captain? Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: Andy! Your just not ready to take on a command of your own. Chief Klough: Those Krauts sure know how to build a boat. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Who's the boarding party? Marine Maj. Coonan: Well, since you're the XO, you sir. Mr. Emmett, Mr. Larson, Mr. Hirsh and nine of your ships company. Captain, of course, will remain onboard the S-33. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Mister, our boys are submarine sailors, not combat marines. Marine Maj. Coonan: Boys onboard that U-boat are sailors, too. Your men will be ready, Lieutenant. I'll train them myself. Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: Relax gentlemen. She's old... but she'll hold. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: He torpedoed me, Chief. Nine months aboard the S-33 doing the best job I know how. Doing everything once, and then doing it again just to make sure I didn't miss anything the first time. Chief Klough: You'll get your chance sir. There's other commands in the navy. Seaman Bill Wentz, Radioman: Mister Tyler, please... don't tell the other guys I'm half German. They'll hate me. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Yeah, sure thing, Wentz. [as depth charges start falling] Seaman Ronald 'Rabbit' Parker, Torpedoman: Chief, you ever been depth-charged? Chief Klough: Once, off Murmansk, back in World War One. One charge came so close, it rattled four teeth out of the skipper's head. [a charge goes off overhead with a loud bang] Wasn't even close. Lt. Hirsch: Last night at 0300 hours a British destroyer reported depth charging and sinking a German U-boat. However, sometime thereafter, Allied direction finding station triangulated a coded enemy radio signal to this position here near the chop line. [indicates position on map] Lt. Hirsch: We believe the U-boat was disabled, not sunk, and is drifting eastward on a four-knot current. Now, French resistance reported a resupply submarine sailed from the Lorient U-boat pens yesterday afternoon with engine parts and mechanics. Now, we believe it's gonna rendezvous with the disabled U-boat. On board that U-boat is this. [picture of typewriter Enigma] Ens. Keith Larson, Chief Torpedoman: A typewriter? Lt. Hirsch: An Enigma code machine. It allows the German navy to communicate with it's submarines in secret, and our inability to decipher their messages is costing us this war. Mr. Coonan? Marine Maj. Coonan: All right. This is basically a Trojan Horse operation. The S-33 will rendezvous with the U-boat, posing as the German resupply sub. I will lead a boarding party dressed in Kriegsmarine uniforms to the enemy submarine. We will take it by force and secure the Enigma. Any German survivors will be transferred to the S-33 and the U-boat will be scuttled. Lt. Hirsch: The German resupply submarine will arrive at the rendezvous and will assume that the U-boat succumbed to its wounds and sank. The Germans must never suspect we have the Enigma. That is vital. Lt. Pete Emmett: So it's a race? Lt. Hirsch: Yes, effectively. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Who's the boarding party? Marine Maj. Coonan: Well, since you're the X.O., you sir. Mr. Emmett, Mr. Larson, Mr. Hirsch and nine of your ship's company. The captain, of course, will remain onboard the S-33. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Mr. Coonan, our boys are submarine sailors, not combat marines. Marine Maj. Coonan: The boys onboard that U-boat are sailors too. Your men'll be ready, Lieutenant. I'll train them myself. Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: You've come to the right boat. Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: You're a first rate X.O., Andy. A damn good submariner. I know the men like you. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: I'd give my life for any one of them, sir. Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: I know you would. I'm not questioning your bravery. The question is: what about their lives? You and Mr. Emmett are good friends. You went to the Academy together. Would you be willing to sacrifice his life? Or what about some of the younger enlisted men? I know a lot of those guys look up to you like a big brother. You willing to lay their lives on the line? [Tyler hesitates to speak] Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren: You see? you hesitate. But as a captain, you can't. You have to act. If you don't, you put the entire crew at risk. Now that's the job. It's not a science. You have to be able to make hard decisions based on imperfect information. Asking men to carry out orders that may result in their deaths. And if you're wrong, you suffer the consequences. If you're not prepared to make those decisions, without pause, without reflection, then you've got no business being a submarine captain. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: [whispering] Tank, you alive back there? Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens: Yes, sir. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Good. Port ahead two-thirds. Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens: Port ahead two-thirds. Aye, sir. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: [pulls out paper] Tank... can you fix the stern tube? Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens: I don't know, Mr. Tyler. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: I don't want an "I don't know." Can you fix the torpedo tube? Yes... or no? Seaman Charles 'Tank' Clemens: Yes, sir. I think I can. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Thank you, Tank. Chief, make depth 1-6-0 meters. Chief Klough: That's more than five hundred feet. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Take us down, Chief. Chief Klough: Aye, sir. One-six-zero meters. Twenty degrees dive both planes. Eddie, Seaman Ronald 'Rabbit' Parker, Torpedoman: Twenty degrees dive, aye, sir. Eddie: Mr. Tyler, sir, uh, do you plan on going up against a destroyer with only one fish in the tube and busted motor? Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Yes, I am, Eddie. Lt. Hirsch: How wise is that, Lieutenant? Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Not very. But have a look. Chief. [while speaking, drawing and showing Chief and Hirsch plan on paper] Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: There is no way a two-knot submarine can get in firing position against a thirty-knot destroyer unless we go deep. At one hundred sixty meters, we can shoot out a bunch of junk from the forward tubes. It will resurface and create a debris field. Now the destroyer's going to go to the center of that debris field, shut off its engines to make it real nice and quiet and do an acoustic search to make sure we're dead. But we're not. See, we're here, on our way up to periscope depth. All right, principle of ascent velocity. We let our positive buoyancy pull us up and away from the destroyer. And when we surface we'll be showing it our ass at seven hundred yards. That is a pefect setup for a stern shot on a stationary target. Boom. It don't get much prettier than that. Chief Klough: All right, Mr. Tyler. Passing 1-3-0 meters. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Very well. Rabbit, I need you to load Mazzola's body into tube three and put an escape jacket on him to make sure he floats. Seaman Ronald 'Rabbit' Parker, Torpedoman: Wanna shoot him out like garbage? Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: [pause; slowly turns around] His body is gonna save our lives. Seaman Ronald 'Rabbit' Parker, Torpedoman: I'll say a few words for him. Lt. Hirsch: Mr. Tyler. Lieutenant Andrew Tyler: Yeah. Lt. Hirsch: If you can't take out that destroyer, the danger is not that some of us may die. It's that some of us may live. These men have seen and heard things that must not be revealed to the enemy - our secrets, such as our radar capabilities, and our understanding of German encryption. If we fall into German hands alive, we will be tortured without mercy. Either you succeed in sinking that ship, or you see to it that none of us survive to be captured.

Other Titles

  1. U-571 (2000) (ENG)

  2. U-571 (2000) (ENG)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. Cinecittà Studios, Cinecittà, Rome, Lazio, Italy - (studio)
  2. Malta
  3. Mediterranean Film Studios, Malta - (studio)
  4. Rome, Lazio, Italy - (interiors)
  5. Russia
  6. S.S. Lane Victory, Pier 94, San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA
  7. San Francisco, California, USA
  8. San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA
  9. St. Paul's Bay, Malta


- The caption before the end credits, detailing the fact that the Royal Navy captured the first Enigma machine, was only added after an outcry in Britain, where it was believed that Hollywood was trying to claim the credit for the Americans (whose forces captured no German Naval Enigma material until 1944).

- The Enigma machine used in the movie was genuine and not a prop. It was obtained from a collector for use in the film

- In reality, the submarine U-571 was never actually captured. The submarines U-559 and U-110 were the ones captured with the codebooks but by the British Navy in August 1941, four months before the United States entered the war. U-570 however was in fact a u-boat captured in late 1941 (by Britain) near Iceland, and subsequently deployed as HMS Graph until early 1944. Its appearance was used by the Royal Navy to fool German ships and submarines, and destroy them by surprise.

- The Germans did in fact introduce a new, 4-rotor version of their Enigma machine in February 1942; and the code was in fact practically unbreakable by the Allies until the capture of associated codebooks from a submarine, in June 1944. See