1950s The Enemy Below (1957)

Published on January 6th, 2007 | by Chris


The Enemy Below (1957)

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On January 6, 2007
Last modified:October 4, 2012


Catch this one on TV if you can, but I don't think I'd expend the greens otherwise.

The Enemy Below (1957)Normally I haven't been big on sub movies, heck or Navy movies in general. Lately I'm getting a bit of a thing for them. What with the strategic maneuvers, the tension of the crew, and the man vs. man and ship vs. ship aspect of the whole thing.

The Enemy Below
is just one of those movies. After a lengthy (like 30 minutes!) bit of character development on board the US Destroyer, we finally get a glimpse of the adversary, a U-Boat headed for an important rendezvous.

Lets just put all the cards on the table here. There's a lot of the usual sub vs. ship maneuvering going on here. A lot of the usual, "If he's smart he'll..." or "He's smarter than I thought!" type of thing, eventually terminating with (and you may as well know) a draw. Yes, a draw. Nobody wins here today.

And that's the point I think. From the outset we're told from the viewpoint of both ships what a pointless exercise their being there is. And in the end, people and boats are lost....

...but honor is not. In an age where the enemy seemingly has no honor, its good to see that concepts like this once existed amongst rivals. If not in reality at least in fiction.

Catch this one on TV if you can, but I don't think I'd expend the greens otherwise.

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The captain of a U.S. destroyer escort matches wits with a U-boat captain in the North Atlantic.

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Brand: TCFHE
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Original Release Date:
  • Robert Mitchum
  • Curt Jürgens
  • David Hedison
  • Theodore Bikel
  • Russell Collins


  • Factory sealed DVD


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The Enemy Below (1957) Chris

Summary: Catch this one on TV if you can, but I don't think I'd expend the greens otherwise.


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I've been watching war movies for probably 25 years now. Since December 2006 I've been sharing my habit and passion for these movies here on this site.

2 Responses to The Enemy Below (1957)

  1. Ah, submarine movies. (Deep Breath).  If you’ve followed the site for any length of time you probably know I’ve developed a soft-spot for the sub-genre (no pun intended!) and 1990’s adaptation of the Tom Clancy novel The Hunt For Red October is no ex

  2. As is usually the case for a Memorial Day Weekend, several cable/satellite networks will be chock full of classic war movies this coming weekend. Namely Turner Classic Movies, Fox Movie Channel, and AMC. I’m sure there are many more but these are “The B

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