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U-571
- Matthew Mcconaughey

Overview - Faithful to the conventions of the World War II genre, Mostow's (BREAKDOWN) submarine thriller pays earnest homage to the pluck and determination of ordinary people forced to overcome extraordinary odds. The mostly young and inexperienced crew of the S-33 is deployed on a top secret, high-priority mission to intercept a disabled German u-boat (the titular U-571) and capture the ship's encryption system--the Enigma--in order to crack the Nazi's communication codes and hasten an allied victory in the North Atlantic.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Faithful to the conventions of the World War II genre, Mostow's (BREAKDOWN) submarine thriller pays earnest homage to the pluck and determination of ordinary people forced to overcome extraordinary odds. The mostly young and inexperienced crew of the S-33 is deployed on a top secret, high-priority mission to intercept a disabled German u-boat (the titular U-571) and capture the ship's encryption system--the Enigma--in order to crack the Nazi's communication codes and hasten an allied victory in the North Atlantic. Racing against a German rescue effort, the S-33 stages a daring raid on the U-571. But after capturing the U-571, the Americans find themselves its prisoner as they must pilot the leaky, disabled vessel through hostile enemy waters. McConaughey (EDTV, DAZED AND CONFUSED) leads a strong cast (Keitel - HOLY SMOKE, Paxton - A SIMPLE PLAN) in this fast-paced, tense, submarine adventure.

Cast List

Gotz Weidner - Production Designer
Richard Marvin - Composer
Jake Weber - Actor, DAWN OF THE DEAD (2004)
Jack Noseworthy - Actor/"S.F.W."
Jon Mostow - Producer/Director
Jonathan Mostow - Producer/Director
Will Estes - Television actor
Matthew McConaughey - American actor, SAHARA, FOOL'S GOLD
Thomas Kretschmann
Derk Cheetwood - Actor
William Skinner - Production Designer
William Ladd Skinner - Production Designer
Bill Skinner - Production Designer
Dino De Laurentiis
Bill Paxton - American Actor
Tom Guiry - American Actor, U-571 (2000), TIGERLAND (2000)
Thomas Guiry - American Actor, U-571 (2000), TIGERLAND (2000)
Matthew Settle - Actor
David Ayer - Screenwriter
Jon Bon Jovi - American Rock Musician/Actor, NO LOOKING BACK (1998)
Terrence "T.C." Carson - Actor
Oliver Wood - Cinematographer
April Ferry - Costume Designer, T3 (2003)
Wayne Wahrman - Editor, CONSTANTINE (2005)
David Keith - American Actor
Robin Askwith - British Actor
Harvey Keitel - American Actor/Producer
Sam Montgomery - Screenwriter

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 117
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 025192078521
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA) (war violence)
  • Release Date: January 2017

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Action
War
World War II
Theatrical Release
Submarines

 
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Synopsis:
Jonathan Mostow's (BREAKDOWN) World War II submarine thriller about a crew of inexperienced American mariners forced to pilot a disabled German U-boat through hostile waters delivers plenty of action while paying homage to such war genre greats as DAS BOOT and DESTINATION TOKYO. Matthew McConaughey (EDTV) leads the rag tag American crew as Lt. Andrew Tyler, a young officer determined to prove himself a capable leader after being denied command of his own ship. His fellow seamen include Jon Bon Jovi (MOONLIGHT AND VALENTINO), Bill Paxton (A SIMPLE PLAN) and a cross-section of American society, featuring a hot-headed Brooklyner, an earnest farm boy, a wise black cook, a pack of fresh-faced young sailors, and Harvey Keitel as a salty old sea dog. Working with a lean plot, Mostow employs Oliver Wood's (FACE/OFF) detailed, claustrophobic cinematography and an exceptional sound design to create a series of engaging and genuinely tense action sequences that take the rickety submarine to crushing depths in order to outrun German attacks. While his attention to hard historical facts may be a bit leaky, Mostow's ability to sustain suspense rewards viewers with a tight genre piece with no shortage of action or good old American patriotism.

Notes:
Theatrical Release: April 21, 2000. The water scenes for U-571 were filmed in St. Paul's Bay, Malta. Official U-571 movie web site: http://www.u-571.com

Reviews:
"...Matthew McConaughey delivers a tense, terrific performance..." - 06/08/2000 Rolling Stone, p.82


"...Excitingly taut and kinetic....Leaps from one suspense gambit to the next..." -- Rating: A- - 05/28/2000 Entertainment Weekly, pp.71-2


"...[A] well-executed tale...mixing some cinema-rumbling big bangs with plenty of screen-cinging pyrotechnics..." - 07/01/2000 Total Film, p.82-3


"...[A] smooth white-knuckler....It's a simple pleasure to watch..." - 11/01/2000 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.102


"...A rousing, old-fashioned submarine adventure....Just the right blend of adventure, action and gritty realism to keep audiences riveted throughout....A smart, slick crowd-pleaser..." - 05/01/2000 Box Office, p.65


"...[The film] gets high marks for tension and excitement. The action sequences are bracing and involving..." - 04/21/2000 Los Angeles Times, p.F1


"In the cramped quarters of the submarine you can realistically identify with the high temperatures and sweat on the faces of the stressed crew." - 07/01/2006 Widescreen Review, p.67

 
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