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In Enemy Hands (2004)

Til Schweiger , Thomas Kretschmann , Tony Giglio  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Til Schweiger, Thomas Kretschmann, Connor Donne, Matt Lindquist, Andy Gatjen
  • Directors: Tony Giglio
  • Producers: Michael Z. Gordon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002S94G6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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William H. Macy, Scott Caan. A gripping drama unfolds when the crew members of a German sub are infected with meningitis and things get so bad, their American prisoners onboard are forced to work with them in order to run the sub and to avoid contagion. But the true test comes when they are spotted by an U.S. carrier ship. 2004/color/98 min/R/widescreen.

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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing the Point January 10, 2005
Having NOT seen this in a theater, as it was only released on DVD in the U.S., I can only comment on the DVD version. I have seen half of it in English (in which Germans are speaking excellent English), and all of it dubbed in German (released in Germany, with no subtitles). There, of course, the Americans are speaking German all too well.

This film must be taken for what it is, I think. A showcase for W.H. Macy (his acting is not superficial, nor are his interactions with his wife, whom he had to leave as Chief on the U.S.S. Swordfish). Sure, the numbers and names of ships are all wrong. Did NO Kapitän-Leutnant serve underwater with his blue tunic on, as suggested by one reviewer? This is a good introduction to Til Schweiger, who really is of matinee-idol stature and appearance, as Captain of one U-Boat, and the first watch officer (Thomas Kretschmann) really shows his acting talents....compeletely different in Stalingrad, The Pianist, U-571. Perhaps Mr. Macy was not challenged by the role, and the meningitis outbreak is unbelieveable....but aren't movies unbelieveable. Do they not require suspension of disbelief, even the best?

I did not expect the Barry Lyndon of U-Boat movies. The sets are too wide, the U.S. sub is too brightly lit...but the "best set" film has been done (Das Boot) and took a year to film (see the Director's Cut DVD). Other criticisms are hollow...the flag, the seaman appearing to wear a modern German Navy tunic (I have seen them, I do not think so, but it is a brief shot. At least no one is wearing Chuck Taylor sneakers! And the back and forth between Macy and Kretschmann (Captaincy shifting back and forth depending on the conditions and likelihood of being captured by Americans or Germans--all within a few hundrend miles of the U.S.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Missed the boat..... July 9, 2005
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The other reviewers that is.

This is a fabulous film that superficially is about WW2 submarine warfare (and yes you can see there's a lot of low-rent sets...especially the interior shots of the American submarine). In Enemy Hands is the best male-ensemble war film since Platoon...& maybe better. It isn't William Gacy's best effort(he seems to throw off his lines like an aging hipster)

& perhaps it's because Til Schweiger absolutely steals the film with his nuanced deeply effective performance of the U-boat Captain.

What I think is truly subversive is the metaphor- in this case meningitis that affects the American crew and later contaminates the German crew which has rescued the them. You don't have to dig deep (or think too hard) to find that this is an anti-war film on the surface and a clever way of critiquing America's influence

and culture throughout the world. The film id's it as a disease- a fatal disease that infects all.

And it's somewhat of a trojan horse in that it masquerades as the familiar genre of naval warfare films.

Look closely- the German actors are wonderful to look at...they look healthy...the Americans? Wimpy, non-descript, outside of the head bangin'banty-rooster American sub commander.

This is a hidden gem of a film- perhaps too subtle for a mass-audience of film goers. If you've taken a good film history class or studied acting- I think you'll be blown away.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good flick December 14, 2012
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love these type of movies. this one is very good. my wife watched it and loved it to. thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Different Role for Scott Caan November 10, 2011
Synopsis: Starring William H. Macy, Til Schweiger, Scott Caan and Lauren Holly, among other notable actors, this movie is set during World War II when Hitler's Germany was turning out U-boats by the tens of thousands. The Americans and the British had one goal: to put the innumerable U-boats out of commission. Aboard an American submarine, disease breaks out and then the boat is destroyed by a German sub. Going against protocol, the German captain takes the surviving Americans on board. Disease and sub damage force the Americans and the Germans into an unlikely alliance, and no one knows whether they'll make it out alive - or whose side will kill them all first.

This was a very different role than I'd seen Scott Caan in to date. For one, this wasn't an indie film, and after watching so many of those (mostly his) as well as a lifetime of watching studio pictures, I've gotten so I can tell the difference now just by sitting through a minute or two.

This was a kick-ass movie.

Mr. Caan plays a Naval officer commanding a U.S. sub during World War II. It turns out one of his men has meningitis, and he contracts it. Then his sub, the Swordfish, comes under enemy attack and is destroyed. Only a handful of his men survive, but the captain's fading fast, dying from the disease.

I have to admit, I had a tough time believing someone so young would be in command of a sub during wartime with the first scene where Mr. C.'s wearing the dress whites. However, once we were on-board the sub with him, it really worked. It was like he came alive on that set, and between his and William H. Macy's performance as the Chief of Boat...along with the rest of the cast...I was hooked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very powerful movie.
Published 14 days ago by lynny
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine sub film
Another fine piece of submarine drama worth seeing. A must to add to your collection.
Published 19 days ago by DELTA KILO
5.0 out of 5 stars an amazing thing happened and the ending made you want to ...
Based on a true story, this is a fascinating tale of the crew from an American submarine who was disabled by a German sub. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Michael Z. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars he says it was very good watching.
I bought this for my son who loves movies regarding subs, he says it was very good watching.
Published 1 month ago by Elayna.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
it is a good story
Published 1 month ago by Edie
4.0 out of 5 stars an action is great, u feel the tensions in this
luv the movie, an action is great, u feel the tensions in this, acting was good
Published 2 months ago by adapt2
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by J. Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Good movie. Love Til Schweiger.
Published 3 months ago by Nuclear Me
2.0 out of 5 stars should be on discount
It is watchable and mildly entertaining, but that is really the best that can be said about it. From the point of view of historical accuracy, it is far, far from the mark. Read more
Published 4 months ago by dfwncl
4.0 out of 5 stars A good watch
World War II was a time of such import, that I enjoyed watching this movie to show that the human spirit can overcome so much
Published 6 months ago by Pamela Smith-Boynton
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