MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +3

Content: -2 1/2

During World War II, the German troops sent messages using a code device called "Enigma." Capturing one of the devices without the Germans knowing was a special mission for U.S. and Allied Intelligence units. When a German U-boat is crippled by a fire, the U.S. Navy sees a chance to get an Enigma by disguising a submarine as the repair ship. But they have to beat the real German repair sub. Submarine skipper Lt. Commander, Mike Dahlgren (Bill Paxton), turn downed a recommendation for his executive officer, Lt. Andy Tyler (Matthew McConaughey), to command his own ship saying hes not ready. But Dahlgren dies when the the real repair sub torpedoes his ship during the mission. Its up to Tyler and the small crew left on the crippled German U-boat to complete the mission by getting the device to Allied hands without Germanys knowledge, but a German destroyer has other ideas. Chief Klough (Harvey Keitel) serves as Lt. Tylers experienced mentor who helps him find the fortitude to stabilize and rally the young and frightened crew trapped aboard the captured German U-boat. This fast-moving and dramatic WWII story of the bravery and beyond-the-call accomplishments of young men at war will entertain both older teens and adults.

Despite his disappointment at losing the command slot, Lt. Tyler shows respect for him. Dahlgren tells Tyler that commanders have to make tough decisions with little information that could cause his men to die. He says Tylers not ready for that. The mess steward wisely tells Tyler not to worry, his time will come. Once Tyler is forced to assume command of the mission, Chief Klough counsels him again on leadership. Tyler starts giving firm directives that are questioned by some of the young crew members at first, but they finally rise to perform heroically, as they must, to complete the mission and survive. As in most war movies, violence is prevalent but not gratuitous and is framed in a setting of realistic special effects with numerous explosions and gunfights at close quarters. But a few of the men also show elements of faith by crossing themselves or saying blessings over dead comrades. But numerous obscenities, crude language, and strong profanity occur in tense, wartime situations, and tend to sink the moral factors in U-571.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking and Ed Crumley
Universal Pictures, 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

The following categories contain objective listings of film content which contribute to the subjective numeric Content ratings posted to the left and on the Home page.

Crude Language: Many (24) times - Mild 16, moderate 8

Obscene Language: Many (15) times - S-word 12, other 3

Profanity: Many (16) times - Regular 15 (GD 13, J 1, JC 1); Exclamatory 1 (Mary mother of God)

Violence: Many times - Mostly moderate, few severe (many explosions, charred dead bodies from fire, many combat shootings at close range, hits, kicks, drowning, dead body shot from torpedo tube, bloody clothes, blood spurt from wound)

Sex: None

Nudity: None

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: Reference to consummating marriage/ French pornography, sailor talks about seducing woman

Drugs: Alcohol drinking at club/party, cigarette smoking

Other: Young sailor crosses himself; Man tells another

Running Time: 118 minutes
Intended Audience: Teens and older, mainly males

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