In Enemy Hands (film)

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In Enemy Hands
In Enemy Hands FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Tony Giglio
Produced by Artisan Entertainment
Splendid Pictures
Starring Til Schweiger
Thomas Kretschmann
William H. Macy
Lauren Holly
Jeremy Sisto
Scott Caan
Ian Somerhalder
Music by Steven Bramson
Cinematography Gerry Lively
Edited by Peter Mergus
Harvey Rosenstock
Distributed by Artisan Entertainment
Lions Gate Entertainment
Release date
  • 25 February 2004 (2004-02-25)
Running time
94 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $64,236[1]

In Enemy Hands a.k.a. "U-Boat", is a World War II submarine film released in 2004, starring William H. Macy, Til Schweiger, Scott Caan and Lauren Holly.


Macy stars as the COB (chief of the boat) on a fictitious US Navy submarine, the USS Swordfish (although there were two actual submarines named USS Swordfish that served the US Navy during and after World War II, neither are represented by the sub in this film). While on patrol in the North Atlantic, the ship is ambushed by two German U-boats. Swordfish destroys one of them, but is critically damaged by a torpedo fired from the second one, the fictitious U-boat U-429 (again, there was a real World War II German submarine U-429, not actually represented in the film). Eight members of the American crew escape and are held prisoner on board U-429. However, the American executive officer had previously contracted meningitis and given it to his captain, who brought it aboard U-429. Within days, over half the German crew, as well as some of the Americans, contract the disease and die. Although the Germans and Americans begin to work together to keep the boat operational, not all the U-boat crew is willing to go along with this arrangement. Also, another U-boat and an American destroyer (the fictional USS Logan, not related to the actual attack transport of that name) threaten to overwhelm their tentative truce.

Alternate titles[edit]

  • When the film was shown on Albanian television, it was given a title that translates as Underwater Prison in English, and had similar titles in some other countries' TV schedules U-429: Underwater Prison in Armenia.


  1. ^ "In Enemy Hands". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 27 July 2011. 

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