DVD U-571 [DVD] [] [2000] [1 disc] [Multilingual] [Region 1] (DVD 49565),
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U-571 [DVD] [] [2000] [1 disc] [Multilingual] [Region 1]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
    • Rating - war violence
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 20785

  • Credits
    Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, David Keith, Harvey Keitel, Bill Paxton, Jake Weber, Matthew Settle, Thomas Kretschmann, Terrence "T.C." Carson, Robin Askwith, Jack Noseworthy, Will Estes, Tom Guiry, Thomas Guiry, Derk Cheetwood
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Matthew McConaughey delivers a tense, terrific performance..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Excitingly taut and kinetic....Leaps from one suspense gambit to the next..." -- Rating: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...[A] well-executed tale...mixing some cinema-rumbling big bangs with plenty of screen-cinging pyrotechnics..."
    Total Film

    "...[A] smooth white-knuckler....It's a simple pleasure to watch..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...A rousing, old-fashioned submarine adventure....Just the right blend of adventure, action and gritty realism to keep audiences riveted throughout....A smart, slick crowd-pleaser..."
    Box Office

    "...[The film] gets high marks for tension and excitement. The action sequences are bracing and involving..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "In the cramped quarters of the submarine you can realistically identify with the high temperatures and sweat on the faces of the stressed crew."
    Widescreen Review

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