During World War II, the USS Haynes, an American destroyer escort discovers a German U-boat in the South Atlantic. A deadly duel between the two ships ensues, and Captain Murrell must draw upon all his experience to defeat the equally experienced German commander.Written by
Linda Adams <Garridon@aol.com>
Though set in the South Atlantic Ocean, ocean scenes were filmed in the Pacific Ocean. See more »
After the submarine bottoms, Capt. Murrel orders the engine room to reduce turbine speed slowly, supposedly to fool the submarine into believing the ship has gone away. This would never work, because the only way to slow is to reduce propeller speed. This change is obvious to even the most inexperienced sonar operator, and they would never be fooled into thinking the escort had departed. See more »
What's really impressive about this movie is the photography. When you see Robert Mitchum actually standing on the deck of a destroyer with depth charges going off behind it, you know somebody went to a lot of trouble to get all this on film. That destroyer is no movie set. You'll find very few backdrops and special effects here except for underwater shots of the enemy U-boat, and even those are above average. It all seems ahead of its time somehow, the brilliant color footage, the musical score, and the attention to detail.
The Enemy Below is a fascinating study of WW2 anti-submarine warfare. Although the ending is a little corny, the anti-war message is timeless and quite appropriate. Especially now (Oct. 2004) as America is being dragged into another real conflict. It's certainly worth a look.
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