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* ArtisticLicenseShips: The German destroyer hunts for U-571 with sonar pings, even though the Kriegsmarine never developed active sonar (the one with pings) and relied on passive sonar (very sensitive listening devices).

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* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler:Dahlgren]].


* DeadStarWalking: A number of American submariners, including [[spoiler:Bill Paxton (who's set up to be one of the main characters)]], are killed a quarter of the way through the film during a disastrous escape from a German U-boat.

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* DeadStarWalking: A number of American submariners, including [[spoiler:Bill Paxton [[spoiler:Creator/BillPaxton (who's set up to be one of the main characters)]], characters)]] and Jon Bon Jovi, are killed a quarter of the way through the film during a disastrous escape from a German U-boat.


The film stars Creator/MatthewMcConaughey as Andrew Tyler, Creator/BillPaxton as Mike Dahlgren, Creator/HarveyKeitel as Henry Klough, Jon Bon Jovi as Pete Emmett, Jake Weber as Michael Hirsch, Erik Palladino as Anthony Mazzola, Matthew Settle as Keith Larson, David Keith as Matthew Coonan and Thomas Kretschmann as Günther Wassner.

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The film stars Creator/MatthewMcConaughey as Andrew Tyler, Creator/BillPaxton as Mike Dahlgren, Creator/HarveyKeitel as Henry Klough, [[Music/BonJovi Jon Bon Jovi Jovi]] as Pete Emmett, Jake Weber as Michael Hirsch, Erik Palladino as Anthony Mazzola, Matthew Settle as Keith Larson, David Keith as Matthew Coonan and Thomas Kretschmann Creator/ThomasKretschmann as Günther Wassner.


* DeadStarWalking: A number of American submariners, including Bill Paxton (who's set up to be one of the main characters), are killed a quarter of the way through the film during a disastrous escape from a German U-boat.

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* DeadStarWalking: A number of American submariners, including Bill [[spoiler:Bill Paxton (who's set up to be one of the main characters), characters)]], are killed a quarter of the way through the film during a disastrous escape from a German U-boat.


* CaptainObvious: "Everything's in German!"



* [[CaptainObvious Chief Obvious]]: "Everything's in German!"


Released in 2000, this UsefulNotes/WorldWarII movie VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory is about a submarine crew who board a disabled German sub to [[ReadingTheEnemysMail steal an Enigma Machine]], a secret German encryption device used to send coded messages. Caused a degree of controversy as the film places the [[AmericaSavesTheDay Americans in center role as the heroes...]] except that in real life, the first to capture the submarine-based ENIGMA machine was the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships British.]] Although the film is also partly based on the American action that led to the capture of the U-Boat now on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, though by “partly,” we mean “altered so much as to be unrecognizable.”

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Released in 2000, 2000 and directed by Jonathan Mostow, this UsefulNotes/WorldWarII movie VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory is about a submarine crew who board a disabled German sub to [[ReadingTheEnemysMail steal an Enigma Machine]], a secret German encryption device used to send coded messages. Caused a degree of controversy as the film places the [[AmericaSavesTheDay Americans in center role as the heroes...]] except that in real life, the first to capture the submarine-based ENIGMA machine was the [[UsefulNotes/BritsWithBattleships British.]] Although the film is also partly based on the American action that led to the capture of the U-Boat now on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, though by “partly,” we mean “altered so much as to be unrecognizable.


The film stars Creator/MatthewMcConaughey as Andrew Tyler, Creator/BillPaxton as Mike Dahlgren, Creator/HarveyKeitel as Henry Klough, Jon Bon Jovi as Pete Emmett, Jake Weber as Michael Hirsch, Erik Palladino as Anthony Mazzola, Matthew Settle as Keith Larson, David Keith as Matthew Coonan and Thomas Kretschmann as Günther Wassner.

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* ItHasBeenAnHonor: Inverted; Chief Klough does say, "Well, Mister Tyler, if you ever need a chief, I'll go to sea with you anytime," but after the danger is over.


* SpecialEffectsFailure: While the exterior sets and models for the modified ''S''-class sub and the Type-VII U-boats are decent enough, the film can’t seem to decide what class of destroyer they are facing, as that model switches between ''Narvik''- and ''Z-31''-class configurations between shots. Look for the forward guns flip-flopping between two single mounts and one twin mount.

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** Most of the German surface fleet was destroyed early on, this was why the Germans sunk most of their naval resources into their U-Boats.

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* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler: And almost everybody does. Seven men survive to the end, that's it.]]


* SinkTheLifeBoats: To prove how evil the German U-boat crew is. In reality, out of the tens of thousands of hours logged by the U-boat Force, there is only one recorded incident of a crew attacking survivors. It was much more common for German submariners to provide aide to the crews they sank.

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* SinkTheLifeBoats: [[KickTheDog To prove how evil the German U-boat crew is. is.]] In reality, out of the tens of thousands of hours logged by the U-boat Force, there is only one recorded incident of a crew attacking survivors. It was much more common for German submariners to provide aide aid to the crews they sank.

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* DeadStarWalking: A number of American submariners, including Bill Paxton (who's set up to be one of the main characters), are killed a quarter of the way through the film during a disastrous escape from a German U-boat.

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* OhCrap: Emmett when the the German resupply submarine launches a torpedo at the S-33.


** The Enigma was cracked as early as 1928 by the Polish.
*** AN Enigma was cracked as early as that. 'The Enigma' is actually not one machine but a family of machines all employing the same basic mechanics/electronics and undergoing several upgrades and changes.

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** The An Enigma was cracked as early as 1928 by the Polish.
*** AN Enigma was cracked as early as that. 'The Enigma' is actually not one machine but a family of machines all employing the same basic mechanics/electronics and undergoing several upgrades and changes.
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** Which can also imply, conversely, that it wasn't a resupply boat to begin with, and was instead sent to ''destroy'' U-571 in the first place rather than help it. The crew could've just been ''told'' it was a resupply boat to prevent them from surrendering or defecting to the Allies.

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