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Wonderful WWII Film About Hope
on July 13, 2015
In Enemy Hands is a very powerful movie about war and respect.
William H. Macy stars as the Chief of the Boat (COB) of USS Swordfish. Swordfish, out on patrol in WWII, has its crew fall under meningitis. In a fight with a German U-boat, Swordfish is mostly destroyed and the crew abandons at sea only to be picked up by the same U-boat (U-429) who took her under.
The XO (Second in Command) of Swordfish had the disease and owing to an order from the new, young CO, was required to status his watch station during battle. Subsequently, he passed the meningitis on to other members of the crew. Being taking aboard 429, the sick crewmen eventually pass it on to the German sailors.
The real story is how the two crews eventually had to work with each other in order to stay alive. Macy's character is a realist. He wants his crew to survive and the only way to do so it through cooperation.
This is a very well acted movie on all parts. The Germans who tolerate the Americans as well as the Germans who do not. That goes equally for the Americans who tolerate the Germans and those who do not. They are all believable.