Das Boot (German pronunciation: [das bot], German meaning 'The Boat') is a 1981 German epic war film written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen, produced by Gnter Rohrbach, and starring Jrgen Prochnow, Herbert Grnemeyer, and Klaus Wennemann. It has been exhibited both as a theatrical release and as a TV miniseries, and in several different home video versions of various running times. Das Boot is an adaption of the 1973 German novel of the same name by Lothar-Gnther Buchheim. Set during World War II, the film tells the fictional story of U-96 and its crew. It depicts both the excitement of battle and the tedium of the fruitless hunt, and shows the men serving aboard U-boats as ordinary individuals with a desire to do their best for their comrades and their country. The screenplay used an amalgamation of exploits from the real U-96, a Type VIIC-class U-boat. Development for Das Boot began in 1979.
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