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The Boat


Jurgen Prochnow, Herbert Gronemeyer, Klaus Wennemann, Hubertus Bengsch View All


Wolfgang Petersen (Screenplay), Wolfgang Petersen (Director), Dean Riesner (Screenplay) View All

Release: Sep. 16th, 1981
Runtime: 2 hours, 29 minutes
A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat and themselves to their limits.
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There several existing versions of this film , the original 150 minute version , the miniseries version weighing in at a heavy 5 hours , and the director's cut which is still an enormous 209 minutes.
Besides, even though this not only the longest submarine movie I've seen, but also one of the longest I've seen period, I'd watch the nearly 300-minute miniseries cut from 1987 without hesitation.
I have discovered to my misfortune that it seems I would be remiss to conclude a submarine movie marathon without Das Boot, a movie which clocks in at over 3 hours, reputedly because it's also a slice-of-life film.