Oscar Movies: Boot, Das (The Boat) (1982)

Columbia (Bavaria Atelier Production)


It's always encouraging when a foreign movie gets recognition in major categories, as did Wolfgang Peterson's “Das Boot,” in 1982, a German film that chronicles the physical and psychological hardships endured by the Nazi crew of a U?Boat, with a splendid performance by Jurgen Prochnow as the captain in charge. 
Set mostly within the confines of one submarine, this fascinating, claustrophobic movie occupied the fifth place among 1982's most nominated pictures, receiving six citations, some in major categories (Direction, Screenplay). Moreover, few foreign-language films have received six Oscar nominations, such as Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander” in 1983.
Originally made for German TV as a series of 6 hours, the thrilling tale was cut to 145 minutes for its theatrical release. Acclaimed by all film critics, “Das Boot” also proved popular with the public, grossing $4.5 million dollars, which made it the most popular German film ever to be shown in the U.S.
Unfortunately, after this picture, Petersen was lured into Hollywood and made the mediocre picture “The Neverending Story” (1984), followed by the disastrous “Enemy Mine” (1985).
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Oscar Nominations: 6
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Screenplay (Adapted): Wolfgang Petersen
Cinematography: Jost Vacano
Sound: Milan Bor, Trevor Pyke, and Mike Le-Mare
Film Editing: Hannes Nikel
Sound Effects Editing: Mike Le-Mar
Oscar Awards; None
Oscar Context
In 1982, Richard Attenborough’s historical epic, "Gandhi," swept most of the Oscars, including Picture, Director, Actor, Cinematography for Billy Williams and Ronnie Taylor, and Editing for John Bloom.
The Adapted Screenplay Oscar went to Costa-Gavras and Donald Stewart for “Missing,” which was also nominated for Best Picture and acting awards. Spielberg’s “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” won the Oscars for Sound and Sound Effects Editing.