• Frys.com #6879846
  • Manufacturer: Universal Studios
  • UPC #025192108105
  • Model #MHV61119206BR


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    (Manufacturer # MHV61119206BR )

      In this World War II action thriller, American reconnaissance agents learn that a German submarine is sinking. The doomed ship carries an Enigma Machine, a special coding device that allows high-level Axis forces to send messages that can't be read without a similar encryption mechanism. Obtaining a working Enigma device would be invaluable for the Allied war effort, so a U.S. sub is sent out to rescue the machine. However, German forces have already picked up the sub's distress signal and are en route to rescue their comrades. U-571 features a distinguished cast, including Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel, and Jon Bon Jovi. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
    Movie Type
      Adventure, War
    Movie Level Themes
      Race Against Time, Heroic Mission, War At Sea
    Movie Level Tones
      Tense, Claustrophobic, Confrontational, Earnest

    DVD Features

    • Feature commentary with director Johathan Mostow
    • 2000--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Steve Maslow-Nominee
    • 2000--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Johnny Johnson-Winner
    • 2000--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Rick Kline-Nominee
    • 2000--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Ivan Sharrock-Nominee
    • 2000--Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Gregg Landaker-Nominee
    AMG Rating


      Writer-director Jonathan Mostow follows up his impressive work on the underrated thriller Breakdown (1997) by creating this gripping, pulse-pounding World War II submarine adventure. While the movie's sparse character development is limited to its square-jawed, all-American lead (Matthew McConaughey), and some supporting players (portrayed by Jon Bon Jovi and David Keith virtually disappear from the story), U-571 is a rip-roaring war picture. Mostow's script and direction while sometimes recycled, keep tension appropriately high, the film's performances are surprisingly acceptible, and every aspect of the production -- from model work to costumes -- lends an air of scrupulous authenticity. The blitz-style tapestry of sound created by Johnny Johnson has to be singled out as one of the year's finest examples of that specific art form. Although barely making a profit on its budget and inspiring political enmity in the United Kingdom for its transformation of real-life British heroes into Americans, U-571 is another solid, fast-paced B-picture for Mostow and an artistic success. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi


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