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Das Boot

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Das Boot (English title: The Boat) is a 1981 German war movie written and directed by Wolfgang Petersen. It was based on the real-life U-boat U-96 and tells the story of the submarine and its crew during World War II. The movie was only a moderate box office success when it was first released; however, it was critically acclaimed and was nominated for six Academy Awards, winning two. Das Boot has since been regarded as one of the greatest German movies of all time and one of the greatest submarine movies of all time.

Das Boot has been referred to in several television episodes of The Simpsons.


Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Das Butt.jpg 4 67 "New Kid on the Block" When Ruth Powers moves in next door to the Simpsons, the welcome package from the neighborhood includes a pornographic film called Das Butt.
Love Theme from Das Boat.png 68 "Mr. Plow" The collection of Sea Chanteys performed by the Sea Captain includes a song called "Love Theme from Das Boat".
Otto's In Charge.png 9 192 "Das Bus" Punned in the episode title.
We're All Gonna Die - Simpson Tide.png
U-96 Engineer Das Boot.jpg
197 "Simpson Tide" After Homer assumes command of the submarine U.S.S. Jebediah, he displays a number of mannerisms that resemble the Commander and crew of U-96.
My Dinner With Jar Jar.png 11 231 "E-I-E-I-(Annoyed Grunt)" When the Simpsons see The Poke of Zorro at Springfield Googolplex Theatres, another movie being shown at the Googolplex is Das Booty Call.
Giving The Germans Das Boot.png 16 352 "The Heartbroke Kid" Marge creates a multilingual pun on the film and the expression "give the boot" (to remove someone from a location) when she tells Homer it's OK to use Bart's stolen vending-machine money to pay the Serenity Ranch bill, and therefore he can give the German backpackers "das boot".

Common cast and crew[edit]

Picture Name Role in Das Boot Role on The Simpsons
John Hyde Executive producer for the director's cut of the film. Animation executive producer in Seasons 12 through 20.

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