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Das Boot is the 1981 film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Lothar-Günther Buchheim, directed by famed German director Wolfgang Petersen (In the Line of Fire, Air Force One). The film is set in World War II in November and December 1941 and depicts the experiences of the crew of a German VII-C submarine on an enemy voyage during the U-boat warfare of the Battle of the Atlantic.
The movie was a very elaborate and expensive production for the German film - even by today's standards - at DM 32 million (converted and adjusted for inflation, € 32.5 million today). Thus, in addition to several models of different sizes, the entire interior of a German Class VII submarine was faithfully reproduced. The film enjoyed great international success; it was nominated for six Oscars, one Golden Globe, and one BAFTA Award each, and also won numerous German film awards. The classic film was one of the cornerstones of director Petersen's and cinematographer Jost Vacano's later moves to Hollywood, and for many of the actors, the film also meant a career boost or breakthrough in the film business.
In June 2016, a sequel produced by Bavaria Film as well as Sky Deutschland in the form of a TV series was announced for 2018. The plot is again based on novels by Lothar-Günther Buchheim. The sequel was directed by Andreas Prochaska. The sequel takes place a year after the events of the predecessor and stages the first wartime experiences of a young submarine crew, while the nascent Resistance is forming in the port of La Rochelle.
The following weapons were used in the film Das Boot:
A Walther PPK is fired by a drunken Kapitänleutnant (Captain lieutenant) at the party.
Some sailors are seen with MP38s.
Several Sailors carry Karabiner 98ks in the U-Boot harbor.
One of the German soldiers fires an unidentified rifle during the air raid.
2 cm FlaK 30
The U-Boot is armed with a 2cm FlaK 30 antiaircraft gun.
The U-Boot is armed with an 8.8 cm SK C/35 naval gun.
A four-barreled antiaircraft gun can be seen on top of a building at the harbor.
A 1:1 scale model of the submarine was recreated in Munich for the film. This model was disassembled into three individual parts and transported to La Rochelle, where it was reassembled. This set had propulsion and was steered by one person, but otherwise had no interior fittings. During the filming of the storm, the boat broke apart and sank in the harbor of La Rochelle. This incident almost led to the end of production. The boat was then reassembled from individual recovered parts and wood but without propulsion. It was towed for further shots with this boat. There was also a remote-controlled, submersible 11-meter model for outdoor scenes, a 5.50-meter model for underwater shots in the Bavaria basin, and other various ship models ranging from one to three meters in length. Director Steven Spielberg borrowed the 1:1 and remote-controllable model from Bavaria Film in 1980 for two submarine sequences in his film Raiders of the Lost Ark.
North American T-6
Several North American T-6 trainer aircraft are seen standing in for British planes.