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There's more to a script than just words.

Like, the writers, for example! The official "Das Boot" screenplay is written by Wolfgang Petersen. It's based on Lothar G. Buchheim's novel.

We have Petersen's final draft ("director's cut") script available to download. It's a scanned copy of the original hand-typed English version, translated by J. Maxwell Brownjohn.

And, speaking of Buchheim's novel: we also have the digital version of the book available for download. Courtesy of, and © 1975, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

Wolfgang Petersen is a producer, director and writer known for Das Boot (1981), Enemy Mine (1985), Outbreak (1995), Air Force One (1997).

Born: February 6, 1918. Died: February 22, 2007. Lothar G. Buchheim was a novelist known for Das Boot (1981), Doktor Faustus (1982).

What's "Das Boot" about?

So glad you asked! Have a look at the movie's synopsis, and a quote from the screenplay.

It is 1942 and the German submarine fleet is heavily engaged in destroying English shipping. With better escorts of the Destroyer Class, however, German U-Boats have begun to take heavy losses. "Das Boot" is the story of one such U-Boat crew.

La Rochelle's out, I'm afraid. We've been given a new port of destination: La Spezia.

PG. 113 : Scene 175

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Where would movies be today without screenwriters?

Wolfgang Petersen's adaptation of the Lothar G. Buchheim book, stands the test of time. It's just as thrilling and claustrophobic now as it was in 1981.

The "Das Boot" version we have was scanned in 2006. It's 180-pages, and a little hard to read -- too bad the print didn't age as well as the movie. However, the script is still a great read. Enjoy!

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