Critics' Corner
Desson Howe - Weekend section, "This is a masterfully recomposed film."

Rita Kempley - Style section, The director has "sacrificed the urgency of the original in favor of a greater emphasis on the dreary domesticity of life in a German U-boat."

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'Das Boot: The Director's Cut'

When wet-behind-the-ears German war correspondent Lt. Werner comes on board the U-96 in 1941, his purpose is to write an uplifting account of U-boat heroes. But this idealistic agenda runs aground almost immediately.

As the sub’s captain and his veteran cohorts know only too acutely, the odds are stacked against anyone returning alive. British destroyers have become an awesome force to contend with. The U-boat fleet is spread thin. But young men are still being sent out to sea. You’re drawn in powerfully as the crew members experience a psychologically maddening cycle of lull and storm. -- Desson Howe
Rated R

Director: Wolfgang Peterson
Cast: Herbert Groenmeyer; Juergen Prochnow; Klaus Wennemann; Hubertus Bengsch; Martin Semmelrogge; Heinz Hoenig
Running Time: 3 hours, 30 minutes