The Enemy Below

  • PG
  • Dick Powell (1957)
  • US
  • 93 min
The Enemy Below
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This is one of the best submarine movies, a stunning drama about a Second World War German U-boat and the US destroyer that's stalking it, whose captains only meet in the final reel. As the respective skippers, Curt Jurgens and, particularly, Robert Mitchum turn in fine performances. The special effects won an Oscar, but it is the direction by former crooner Dick Powell that is really remarkable - his taut handling of the action makes this one of his finest movie achievements. The film was actually based on a real story, written into novel form by wartime Anti-Submarine Group commander DA Rayner.

Plot Summary

Second World War drama starring Robert Mitchum and Curt Jurgens. A game of cat and mouse is played out between Murrell, the captain of a destroyer, and his deadly rival beneath the waves, Von Stolberg, the captain of a U-boat who is leading his vessel to an important rendezvous.

Cast and crew

Cast

Captain Murrell
Robert Mitchum
Von Stolberg
Curt Jurgens
Lieutenant Ware
David Hedison
Schwaffer
Theodore Bikel
Doctor
Russell Collins
Von Holem
Kurt Kreuger
Chief Petty Officer Crain
Frank Albertson
Quartermaster
Biff Elliot
Mackeson
Alan Dexter
Ensign Merry
Doug McClure
Corky
Jeff Daley
Ellis
David Blair (1)

Crew

Director
Dick Powell

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama