Published on January 6th, 2007 | by Chris2
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 Belowis 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.
Enemy Below, The
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The captain of a U.S. destroyer escort matches wits with a U-boat captain in the North Atlantic.
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Original Release Date:
- Robert Mitchum
- Curt Jürgens
- David Hedison
- Theodore Bikel
- Russell Collins
- Factory sealed DVD
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
SUBSTANDARD BLU RAY TRANSFER BY KINO LORBER,
This review is from: The Enemy Below (1957) [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)I can’t believe how badly the transfer of this great movie into Blu Ray was. I had been waiting for this movie to be on Blu Ray, now it is and Kino Lorber totally messed it up. My copy of the DVD is far greater in any aspect…picture, clarify, sound, you name it. And oh my DVD also has subtitle options. Speaking of subtitles, I am beginning to notice, Kino Lorber is starting to remove subtitles on all their newly released classic Blu Rays. I used to complain about another company, Olive Films. This Olive company produces crystal clear Blu Ray transfers but they never ever had subtitles on the Blu Ray films and a lot of people were complaining about it. Until recently they probably heard peoples complains, Olive starting to add subtitles on their Blu Rays. Kino Lorber on the other hand, just about all their Blu Ray transfers are substandard to most company even from certain DVD copies…and now they are also removing their subtitles and their titles are also very expensive... Read more
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"I don't want to know the man I'm... trying to destroy.",
This review is from: Enemy Below, The (DVD)I had never heard of this film before, until I was reading an article about a Star Trek episode: "Balance of Terror." I love that particular episode - and as it were, for the same reasons I love this film. When I found out the inspiration for the ST episode, I finally was able to track down a copy of "The Enemy Below" to view (as well as seeing it on TCM a few times, I believe).
Like many great films set during war-time, this is more than a run of the mill bang-bang, shoot-'em-up battle-sequence. It examines the people involved in such action - putting a human face on war. and giving some insight into the psychological effects of battle. I would say, in terms of action, it would be between "Mister Roberts" and the earlier mentioned "The Longest Day."
Basically it's a deadly chess game with the various moves taken by two ships being countered almost perfectly by the opponent. And, though the crews may not know the reasoning behind... Read more
The Chase Is On!,
This review is from: Enemy Below, The (DVD)
One of the best naval WWII movies ever made!
Robert Mitchum plays a naval captain in the South Atlantic. After having lost his previous ship and forced to survive for weeks in the ocean, he's given another assignment due to the navy in desperate need of ship captains with combat experience.
Curt Jurgens is the German sub commander on mission to collect a code book from a German raider. His sub gets spotted by Mitchum's ship and the hunt is on! Mitchum has an advantage with the latest underwater detection, but Jurgens is a captain with experience from the 'old school' and makes the chase tough. The films shows friendships from both sides and it's good to see how the German characters despise the Fuhrer like so many actually did. It's full of suspense, action, drama, and a climactic ending.
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Summary: Catch this one on TV if you can, but I don't think I'd expend the greens otherwise.