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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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (575 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005B6N7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,532 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

very good action vhs war movie

Customer Reviews

Just a bad movie.
Steve Curtis
It was a British submarine that captured the first enigmas and the Americans captured one at the end of the war.
Mr UK
The movie has great action,acting and a great story.
Lination

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57 of 61 people found the following review helpful By paperbackriter VINE VOICE on December 5, 2000
Format: DVD
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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93 of 108 people found the following review helpful By Michael Dyckman on September 29, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Jonathan Mostow, who so successfully created an atmosphere of tension and suspense in Breakdown, does the same fine work here in U-571. In this film, Matthew McConaughey leads a team of naval officers to steal a German encoder known as the Enigma. They take over a German sub, and attempt to finish their mission, when major problems ensue. (don't want to give anything away)
The best part of this movie is the effects and the tension that it created within the submarine. The special effects are amazing, the camera work is terrific as you feel the dizzy, claustrophobic sense of tension aboard this ship. That being said, it's the type of movie where you only realize afterwards what was missing.
First, there are problems of historical accuracy: Although the end credits thank the real Navy efforts to steal the German encoders during the War, it was the British, and never the American Navy, who were involved. This isn't a terrible thing, but it's crediting the wrong people. There are a number of other plot holes as well.
Second is the acting. With several exceptions, most notably McConaghey's solid performance, there is some bad casting and dry acting. Harvey Keitel ? He is listed as Chief Klough, but then why does he report to McConaughey's Lt. Tyler ? Bill Paxton is wooden, and Erik Palladino whines through his role and is annoying.
The suspense and effects are great, and it makes for a good `popcorn' movie, but U-571 could have been better.
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40 of 48 people found the following review helpful By William P. DeLorey on August 15, 2000
Format: DVD
"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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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. GENIO on August 23, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
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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