Das Boot: The Mini-Series Review

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The full mini-series which was cut down to make the cult film


U-boat skipper Jurgen Prochnow and his crew suffer at even greater length in the miniseries version of the international hit that put Wolfgang Petersen on the A-list and proved Germans could make World War II-themed movies just as grittily disillusioned as anything from the Allies — just so long as the heroes periodically sneer at the Nazi idiots who send them off to doom in the depths.

Six 50-minute episodes allow for a slower accumulation of grimy, oppressive details over the course of the war, and the standard TV frame makes for an even more claustrophobic experience —though it plays surprisingly well in one exhausting epic sitting.