Heroes are ordinary men who do extraordinary things in extraordinary times.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 56 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: August 26, 2008
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Universal Studios
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Surround - French, Spanish
- DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English (SDH), French, Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Audio Commentary: Jonathan Mostow - Director
- Interactive Features:
- Picture in Picture
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton & Harvey Keitel|
|Performer:||Jake Weber, Matthew Settle, Will Estes, David Keith, Jon Bon Jovi, Derk Cheetwood, Thomas Kretschmann, Robin Askwith, Terrence "T.C." Carson, Tom Guiry & Jack Noseworthy|
|Directed by||Jonathan Mostow|
|Edited by||Wayne Wahrman|
|Screenwriting by||Jonathan Mostow, Sam Montgomery & David Ayer|
|Composition by||Richard Marvin|
|Story by||Jonathan Mostow|
|Produced by||Dino De Laurentiis|
|Director of Photography:||Oliver Wood|
...[A] smooth white-knuckler....It's a simple pleasure to watch...
Movieline's Hollywood Life
Without much charge and even less depth. Full Review
Rating: 2/5 -- I've never seen a movie as dependent on a fancy sound system. Full Review
...[The film] gets high marks for tension and excitement. The action sequences are bracing and involving...
Los Angeles Times
Rating: C -- ... more like a Star Trek television episode Full Review
Old School Reviews
Rating: B -- It's a wham-bam bumpy ride, great fun in the old-fashioned war movie tradition. Full Review
...Matthew McConaughey delivers a tense, terrific performance...
Faithful to the conventions of the World War II genre, Mostow's (BREAKDOWN) submarine thriller pays earnest homage to the pluck and determination of ordinary people forced to overcome extraordinary odds. The mostly young and inexperienced crew of the S-33 is deployed on a top secret, high-priority mission to intercept a disabled German u-boat (the titular U-571) and capture the ship's encryption system--the Enigma--in order to crack the Nazi's communication codes and hasten an allied victory in the North Atlantic. Racing against a German rescue effort, the S-33 stages a daring raid on the U-571. But after capturing the U-571, the Americans find themselves its prisoner as they must pilot the leaky, disabled vessel through hostile enemy waters. McConaughey (EDTV, DAZED AND CONFUSED) leads a strong cast (Keitel - HOLY SMOKE, Paxton - A SIMPLE PLAN) in this fast-paced, tense, submarine adventure.
Jonathan Mostow's (BREAKDOWN) World War II submarine thriller about a crew of inexperienced American mariners forced to pilot a disabled German U-boat through hostile waters delivers plenty of action while paying homage to such war genre greats as DAS BOOT and DESTINATION TOKYO. Matthew McConaughey (EDTV) leads the rag tag American crew as Lt. Andrew Tyler, a young officer determined to prove himself a capable leader after being denied command of his own ship. His fellow seamen include Jon Bon Jovi (MOONLIGHT AND VALENTINO), Bill Paxton (A SIMPLE PLAN) and a cross-section of American society, featuring a hot-headed Brooklyner, an earnest farm boy, a wise black cook, a pack of fresh-faced young sailors, and Harvey Keitel as a salty old sea dog. Working with a lean plot, Mostow employs Oliver Wood's (FACE/OFF) detailed, claustrophobic cinematography and an exceptional sound design to create a series of engaging and genuinely tense action sequences that take the rickety submarine to crushing depths in order to outrun German attacks. While his attention to hard historical facts may be a bit leaky, Mostow's ability to sustain suspense rewards viewers with a tight genre piece with no shortage of action or good old American patriotism.
- Theatrical Release: April 21, 2000.
- The water scenes for U-571 were filmed in St. Paul's Bay, Malta.
- Official U-571 movie web site: http://www.u-571.com