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- Director: Jonathan Mostow
- Release Date: 29 June 2000 (Hong Kong)
- Run Time: 116 min
- Country: France , USA
- Genre: Action , Drama , War
- MPAA: Rated PG-13 for war violence.
Watch movie: U-571 (2000)
Tagline: You won't come up for air until it's over!
Trivia: This movie represents one of a select group of a few World War II submarine movies which have won the one single Academy Award in a technical category, that's just only the one Oscar in either special effects or sound editing. These movies include Crash Dive (1943); The Enemy Below (1957); Torpedo Run (1958) and U-571 (2000). The non-WW II sub-movie, The Hunt for Red October (1990) also won just the one Oscar as did the WW 2 part sub-movie 49th Parallel (1941), but for Best Original Story.
Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When the U-571 sends its distress message, the toothed wheels of the Enigma machine are visible while three characters of text are typed. The right-hand wheel should advance with every character, but it clearly does not; in a close-up we see it advance correctly once, then on the next character it just starts to move and falls back. Presumably the filmmakers used a real wartime Enigma machine that, after 55 years, was not in good working order.
"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"