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The Enemy Below

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 1957
  • Dick Powell
  • 93 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Captain MurrellRobert Mitchum
Von StolbergCurt Jurgens
Lieutenant WareDavid Hedison
SchwafferTheodore Bikel
DoctorRussell Collins
Von HolemKurt Kreuger
Chief Petty Officer CrainFrank Albertson
QuartermasterBiff Elliot
MackesonAlan Dexter
Ensign MerryDoug McClure
CorkyJeff Daley
EllisDavid Blair (1)

Crew

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DirectorDick Powell

Details

Languages
English | German
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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