U-571

U-571

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Director: Jonathan Mostow

Cast: Jonathan Mostow, Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel

     
 

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In this World War II action thriller, American reconnaissance agents learn that a German submarine is sinking. The doomed ship carries an Enigma Machine, a special coding device that allows high-level Axis forces to send messages that can't be read without a similar encryption mechanism. Obtaining a working Enigma device would be invaluable for the Allied war effort,… See more details below

Overview

In this World War II action thriller, American reconnaissance agents learn that a German submarine is sinking. The doomed ship carries an Enigma Machine, a special coding device that allows high-level Axis forces to send messages that can't be read without a similar encryption mechanism. Obtaining a working Enigma device would be invaluable for the Allied war effort, so a U.S. sub is sent out to rescue the machine. However, German forces have already picked up the sub's distress signal and are en route to rescue their comrades. U-571 features a distinguished cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, and Jon Bon Jovi.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
A pleasantly old-fashioned and rousing World War II yarn, U-571 pays tribute to the unsung heroes of America's "silent service": the intrepid submariners whose underwater exploits helped guarantee victory for the Allies. Inspired by actual events, this suspenseful tale documents the efforts of a U.S. sub crew to capture a Nazi U-boat and seize its precious cargo, a transmitter that sends messages in a heretofore unbreakable code. Top billing goes to Matthew McConaughey, playing a young but battle-hardened officer who assumes command of the mission. He's supported by an eclectic cast that includes veterans Harvey Keitel, Bill Paxton, and David Keith, as well as lesser-known but talented performers Jake Weber and Jack Noseworthy. Rocker Jon Bon Jovi also puts in a surprisingly impressive big-screen turn. Director Jonathan Mostow keeps his submarine sets dimly lit and his camera in close whenever possible, creating a murky, claustrophobic environment that even jaded viewers will find unsettling. Unabashedly patriotic but never blindly jingoistic, U-571 makes stirring entertainment and also honors the sacrifices of the gallant men it so effectively depicts.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Writer-director Jonathan Mostow follows up his impressive work on the underrated thriller Breakdown (1997) by creating this gripping, pulse-pounding World War II submarine adventure. While the movie's sparse character development is limited to its square-jawed, all-American lead (Matthew McConaughey), and some supporting players (portrayed by Jon Bon Jovi and David Keith virtually disappear from the story), U-571 is a rip-roaring war picture. Mostow's script and direction while sometimes recycled, keep tension appropriately high, the film's performances are surprisingly acceptible, and every aspect of the production -- from model work to costumes -- lends an air of scrupulous authenticity. The blitz-style tapestry of sound created by Johnny Johnson has to be singled out as one of the year's finest examples of that specific art form. Although barely making a profit on its budget and inspiring political enmity in the United Kingdom for its transformation of real-life British heroes into Americans, U-571 is another solid, fast-paced B-picture for Mostow and an artistic success.
Entertainment Weekly - Ty Burr
If U-571 isn't light on its feet… -- those U-Boats are damn hard to maneuver -- the hull still holds.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2000
UPC:
0096898570237
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matthew McConaughey Lt. Andrew Tyler
Bill Paxton Lt. Commander Mike Dahlgren
Harvey Keitel Chief Klough
Jon Bon Jovi Lt. Pete Emmett
Jake Weber Lt. Hirsch
David Keith Marine Major Coonan
Terrence "T.C." Carson Eddie
Jack Noseworthy Wentz
Tom Guiry Trigger
Thomas Kretschmann Kapitanlieutenant Wassner
Matthew Settle Ensign Larson
Erik Palladino Mazzola
Dave Power Tank
Will Estes Rabbit
Derk Cheetwood Griggs

Technical Credits
Jonathan Mostow Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
David Ayer Screenwriter
Maria Teresa Barbasso Art Director
Cinesite Special Effects
Gina B. Cranham Set Decoration/Design
Giulia Chiara Crugnola Set Decoration/Design
Dino de Laurentiis Producer
Martha de Laurentiis Producer
April Ferry Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniela Giovannoni Set Decoration/Design
Bob Gould Set Decoration/Design
Bob Gould Set Decoration/Design
Allen Hall Special Effects Supervisor
Gregory Scott Hooper Set Decoration/Design
Carol Lewis Casting
Hal Lieberman Executive Producer
Rick Marvin Score Composer
Sam Montgomery Screenwriter
Joseph G. Pacelli Set Decoration/Design
Juan Carlos Lopez Rodero Asst. Director
Pat Romano Special Effects
Alessandro Santucci Set Decoration/Design
Ivan Sharrock Sound/Sound Designer
William Ladd Skinner Production Designer
Richard Skinner Set Decoration/Design
Cinzia Sleiter Set Decoration/Design
Eric P. Sundahl Set Decoration/Design
Marco Trentini Art Director
Wayne Wahrman Editor
Götz Weidner Production Designer
Oliver Wood Cinematographer

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