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Discussion in 'WWII Films & TV' started by Class of '42, May 4, 2020.

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Your favorite WWII submarine movie

Poll closed May 11, 2020.
  1. Run Silent Run Deep

    15.4%
  2. Das Boot

    53.8%
  3. Operation Pacific

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  4. Crash Dive

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Destination Tokyo

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  6. U-571

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    0.0%
  7. Hellcats of the Navy

    0 vote(s)
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  8. Torpedo Run

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. The Enemy Below

    23.1%
  10. We Dive at Dawn

    7.7%
  1. Class of '42

    Class of '42 Active Member

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    John Garfield with that female doll in Destination Tokyo cracked me up..I guess he never got lonely in his bunk at night...;)
     
  2. TD-Tommy776

    TD-Tommy776 Man of Constant Sorrow

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    Or maybe he did, hence the doll. :p
     
  3. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Isn't that what ensigns were for?
     
  4. ColHessler

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    As I recall, it was his gimmick for picking up girls. He'd take it to a bar and talk to it. "It never fails, some dame comes up and says, 'Is that the best you can do, sailor?' I say, 'That's up to you, sweetheart.'"
     
  5. Carronade

    Carronade Ace Patron  

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    Das Boot #1 no question, but I also like The Enemy Below, especially when the German captain puts on the record player and has all his men sing. Doubt it ever happened ;) but a great scene:

    "And you my friend, and you my friend, and all of us to-gether!"

    I did think it was a bit of a stretch that a merchant officer would not only be commissioned in the Navy but immediately made CO of a warship.

    Many of you probably know this, but the book was written by Denis Rayner who did command ships and escort groups during the war.
     
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    LRusso216 Graybeard Staff Member Patron  

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    Oddly enough, I'm reading a book called "Operation Drumbeat". It's the story of U-123 and Kplt. Reinhard Hardegen and the mission off the coast of the US. It set sail just before Christmas 1941. Onboard was a record player that Hardegen instructed his Radio operator to use to play Christmas songs. The whole crew joined in the singing of familiar songs of the season. So, it's not so far-fetched.
     
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    belasar Court Jester Staff Member

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    I selected The Enemy Below, Das Boat is perhaps more realistic, but TEB shows it from both perspectives and I have always found that if I came across it channel surfing I always stopped and watched it again. At least until the next channel break anyway.
     
  8. Class of '42

    Class of '42 Active Member

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    In The Enemy Below I always cringe when they are rolling those depth chargers off the racks and that sailor gets his fingers in the way...:oops:
     
  9. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    I used that clip in training.
     
  10. Class of '42

    Class of '42 Active Member

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    I bet that got everybody's attention..but there is always one with hands in pockets knowing it all.
     
  11. OpanaPointer

    OpanaPointer I Point at Opana Staff Member Patron   WW2|ORG Editor

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    Yeah, and that guy was useful for getting the attention of the other guys. And expendable.
     
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    gtblackwell Well-Known Member Patron  

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    For me, it is "Das Boot" by a kilometer or a mile! It is as if
    Wolfgang Petersen had never seen a submarine movie before he wrote and directed it.
    Realistic from my extremely distant view, grimy, dirty, smelly, unpleasant as I imagine a type 7 boat would be in combat.
    No heroics, no patriotism, no god and country, just the nastiest part of a segment of WW2 in which roughly 75% of it's members
    died, not a casualty figure but a death figure. I have never been in a fistfight, let alone mortal combat so I have no
    clue as to what it was like but in my sometimes vivid imagination I think that in the opening scene in "Saving Private Ryan "
    and "Das Boot" I at least felt the mere hint of what it might be like. Few movies come even close.

    I did enjoy the rather matter of fact aspect of "Our Enemy Below and I too match it whenever it comes up
     
  13. Class of '42

    Class of '42 Active Member

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    Just ordered the WWII themed Japanese sub movie...Lorelei: The Witch of the Pacific Ocean..looks interesting...thanks all for voting and commentating.
     
  14. Takao

    Takao Ace

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    It is interesting...But also not your typical WW2 sub movie.
     
  15. Class of '42

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    Wonder if you have seen Battle under Orion from 2009?? – Japanese action-drama epic battle between an American destroyer and a Japanese submarine takes place off the coast of Okinawa in the waning days of World War II. ..always looking for different perspectives of the war.
     
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    While most of us like Das Boot, it should be noted that surviving U-boat men had a different opinion. In the book, Operation Drumbeat by Gannon, he interviewed crewmen from U-123. They universally panned it! For instance, they thought all the yelling and screaming by the actors was a lot horses#$%. They said that you couldn't do that on a sub because the escorts would hear them. Instead, the suffered in silence and kept their fear totally in check. I believe that's called discipline. Of course, it's hard to portray that in a movie.
     
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