U-571 is a 2000 submarine film directed by Jonathan Mostow and starring Matthew McConaughey, Harvey Keitel, Jon Bon Jovi, Jake Weber, and Matthew Settle. The plot is fictional and portrays a World War II German submarine boarded by American submariners to capture her Enigma cipher machine.
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 world war ii destroyers land's end morse code pby catalina report rescue struggle tap out u-boat us navy wound|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Sound Mixing|
|producer||Dino De Laurentiis Martha De Laurentiis|
|productionCompany||Dino De Laurentiis StudioCanal|
|recordedAt||Russia San Francisco|