The Enemy Below

The Enemy Below (1957)

Genres - Action, Adventure, War  |   Sub-Genres - Combat Films, War Drama  |   Release Date - Dec 25, 1957 (USA - Unknown), Dec 25, 1957 (USA)  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - United States  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

The Enemy Below is a study of submarine warfare from the vantage point of both sides. Robert Mitchum plays the captain of an American destroyer, who despite having lost his family in the war endeavors to let his head rule his heart in combat. Curt Jurgens co-stars as a German U-boat commander, depicted as being as honorable and compassionate as Mitchum. The two men develop a grudging mutual respect as they pursue one another throughout the North Atlantic. Based on a novel by D. A. Rayner, The Enemy Below was the last theatrical film directed by Dick Powell, who hereafter concentrated on his extensive television work.




war, boating, destroyer, duel, Navy, Nazism, sea-battle, submarine, U-boat


High Historical Importance, High Production Values