U-571 is a 2000 submarine film directed by Jonathan Mostow from a screenplay he co-wrote with Sam Montgomery and David Ayer. The film stars Matthew McConaughey, Harvey Keitel, Bill Paxton, Jon Bon Jovi, Jake Weber and Matthew Settle. The film follows a World War II German submarine boarded by American submariners to capture her Enigma cipher machine.
In 1942, during the Battle of the Atlantic, after sinking a merchant ship from an Allied convoy, German U-boat U-571 has her engines badly damaged by depth charges from a British destroyer. U-571's skipper Kapitänleutnant Günther Wassner makes a distress call that is intercepted by American intelligence. The US Navy has its submarine S-33 modified to resemble a German resupply U-boat, to try to steal the Enigma machine coding device and sink the U-571. Before the crew of S-33 receives its assignment, the submarine's executive officer Lieutenant Tyler is unhappy about a recommendation for command of his own submarine being blocked by his commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Dahlgren.
|author||David Ayer Jonathan Mostow Sam Montgomery|
|events||submarine warfare World War II|
|keywords||battle of the atlantic bilge capture commanding officer cornwall depth charge destroyer disabled distress call enigma machine flood flying boat german destroyer german submarine u-571 german world war ii destroyers land's end lieutenant lieutenant commander morse code pby catalina report struggle tap out u-571 u-boat under water us navy wound|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Sound|
|producer||Dino De Laurentiis Martha De Laurentiis|
|productionCompany||Canal+ Image Dino De Laurentiis Company|
|publisher||access-date=22 August 2021 date=23 February 2000 first=Adam last=Minns title=UPI floats Bullwinkle, Hannibal url=|
|recordedAt||Russia San Francisco|