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U-571 [VHS] (2000)

Matthew McConaughey , Bill Paxton , Jonathan Mostow  |  PG-13 |  VHS Tape
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi, David Keith
  • Directors: Jonathan Mostow
  • Writers: Jonathan Mostow, David Ayer, Sam Montgomery
  • Producers: Alan Collis, Dino De Laurentiis, Hal Lieberman, Lucio Trentini
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English, German
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • VHS Release Date: May 15, 2001
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (483 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005B6N7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #498,196 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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very good action vhs war movie

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Full Speed Ahead --- Truly Entertaining Flick! December 5, 2000
Okay, so "U-571" may not be historically correct and perhaps it can't hold a torpedo to "Das Boot", but it's still a darn good piece of entertainment. In a summer full of big screen washouts, this riveting World War II drama gave me my money's worth. The sets -- mostly the interiors of US & German submarines -- were fantastic. I truly felt the sense of dread and claustrophobia of living in a dark, cramped vessel that could be blown to bits at any time. The mission to capture the Enigma coding device aboard a German U-Boat may not have been true, but it sure was riveting. Of course, the mission doesn't go as planned and that sets up some very interesting scenarios. Especially dramatic is the scene where the submarine is being depth-charged by the German destroyer. Again, I don't care if the scene was accurate or not, I just know the intensity and suspense nearly killed me. True, some of the characters were stiff (mainly Bill Paxton) and some of the digital effects left something to be desired but, overall "U-571" is a satisfying action/war movie. The widescreen DVD print looks terrific. The sound effects are great --- loud and explosive, just as they should be. Also, the DVD edition is loaded with extra goodies such as a "Making Of" documentary, interviews with actual WWII submariners, and a feature length audio commentary. Overall a solid addition to any action fan's DVD library.
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37 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best submarine movie since "Das Boot" August 15, 2000
"U-571" is a fairly well thought out, well acted and scripted movie. It's quite gripping and has plenty of action but also explores the human side of submarines. If you have seen the classic Wolfgang Petersen film "Das Boot," the based upon a true story of a German U-boat in WWII during a war patrol and the trials and tribulations the crew experiences while underway, you will more than likely enjoy "U-571." Highly recommended, even if the historical points are quite flawed. On an up note, at the final credits, the director does give credit where credit is due and names the submarines, both British and American, that actually did capture the Enigma devices, which was a turning point in the Atlantic battle against the German U-boat fleet.
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96 of 123 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well made movie, but rather unrealistic... September 19, 2000
The movie "U571" is a well made movie. Nice pictures, very good sound.
But the point, which I critize, is, that the film is rather unrealistic. Think about the American soldiers, who learn how to use an alien ship during a fight. Moreover they are able to repair the boat and to destroy a large battle ship with only one shot.
At least, as some of other writers already said, hollywood changes historical facts for a better selling in the USA. And that should nobody do, especially with such a special topic like the World War 2.
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103 of 133 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars U-571, What Hollywood has Become September 30, 2000
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U-571 has tremendous special effects, but so do millions of other movies. Know what else millions of other movies have? Weak plot, weak characterization, bad acting. Know what U-571 has? The same. It's true this film is griping, and it does keep you on the edge of your seat, but other that than there's not much else going for it. Like so many other movies U-571 relies on special effects to keep it afloat, which is why in the end it survived.
It was a good story, unfortunately they rushed to get it out, slapped in some dialoge, composited some special effects, and hired Bill Paxton. Fun to watch if you've got time to waste.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great WWII Adventure August 23, 2000
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These vessels -- manned by some of the bravest sailors in WWII-- were the backbone of Germany's naval campaigns. During WWII, German U-Boats sank over 14 million tons worth of merchant men craft. They also sent 2 battleships and 3 aircraft carriers to Davey Jones's locker. Why, even the English aircraft carrier, Royal Oak; which played a predominant role in sinking the Bismark, met its fate at the hands of a valiant U-Boat crew! In his memoirs, Sir Winston Churchill even admitted that the U-Boat situation in the Atlantic Ocean greatly troubled him.
This is the back drop of this story. In its 1942. German U-boats are reeking havoc in the Atlantic; thereby crippling the allied war efforts in Europe. England, an island nation, is on the verge of being starved out of the war.
To counter this enormous problem, the allies devise a scheme to capture a German decoding machine along with supporting documentation off a German submarine. This prize would give the allies an advantage; it would tell them where the German U-Boat wolfpacks were operating. To capture one of these enigma machines, an elite submariner commando task force was assembled. This commando task force accomplished its mission. Unfortunately, while executing the mission, their own submarine is torpedoed. They now find themselves trapped on a German U-Boat -- where everything is in metrics and written in German.
This film gives you plenty of "edge-of-your-seat" suspense. The allied crew now find themselves in a strange -- but very real -- "parallel universe." Enemy vessels are now "friendly." Allied vessels -- such as destroyers -- are now deadly adversaries.
I know that comparisons with the film "Das Boat" are inevitable. However, please Don't get wrapped around that axle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this
I love this movie I seen it along time ago but I wanted it again and it was worth the price i paid.
Published 15 hours ago by Clinton OGrady
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This is a well done, intense movie. Excellent war movie about U.S. Navy submarines in the Atlantic during WWII. While the U.S. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kayak Comity
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a good wwll sub. movie
this video is based on the wwll adventures of allied subs hunting for german u boats and securing their igma decoding machines very good
Published 5 days ago by gary
5.0 out of 5 stars One to own for sure!!!
Great movie, even better on blu ray !! Non stop action. With blu ray you not only get the better sound but the picture too!!
Published 11 days ago by george m. garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars U-571
Good Sub Flick.Hasn't been one since Sink The Bismarck.Various Actors put this in the mood.Matthew MCConeghay is good in his younger career.
Published 20 days ago by Michael Day
5.0 out of 5 stars Run Silent, Run Deep on Steroids
Great realism, just like an old B&W WWII film. I don't remeber there being that much space on our sub, though.
Published 20 days ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 STARS for Looks;)*
I looked this movie, but of course I love Matthew McCaughnehy. Shows a different side of him....I'm glad I now have it in my collection:)
Published 1 month ago by Linda Bishop Papile
3.0 out of 5 stars Bad CGI, Great story
Looking for a WWII Submarine movie to watch with my 9 year old history buff, I remembered this. The story, while historically inaccurate, was clean and wholesome, the technical... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Daddy-O
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay for a rainy day.
It was okay. Not in The Hunt for Red October class. Lacked a good script and acting was rather blasé.
Published 1 month ago by J. Mock
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
Entertaining, regardless of historical accuracy or not being intelectual as some criticise. Great cast throughout and show string budget apparently but still good!
Published 1 month ago by cb
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