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Story Filed: Thursday, January 28, 1999 01:45 PM EST
Production Written and Directed by Jonathan Mostow

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- "U-571," a World War II suspense thriller produced by Dino and Martha De Laurentiis and written and directed by Jonathan Mostow began principal photography in Rome, Italy on January 25. The film stars Matthew McConaughey ("A Time to Kill," Universal's upcoming "EDtv"), Harvey Keitel ("Pulp Fiction"), Jon Bon Jovi ("Moonlight & Valentino"), David Keith ("Indian In The Cupboard") and Jake Weber ("Meet Joe Black"). The film, which reunites Mostow and the De Laurentiises after their successful 1997 collaboration, "Breakdown," will be shot at Rome's famed Cinecitta Studios and on the island of Malta and will be released in North America by Universal Pictures.

In "U-571," a group of Americans are involved in a daring plan to steal the infamous enigma coding device from a Nazi U-boat in the Atlantic at the height of World War II. Allied intelligence needs this machine so that they can decipher enemy movements and stop the incessant wolfpack attacks on convoys carrying vital supplies across the Atlantic.

Co-starring in "U-571" are Jack Noseworthy ("Breakdown"), Matthew Settle ("I Still Know What You Did Last Summer"), Thomas Kretschmann ("Prince Valiant"), T.C. Carson ("Livin' Large"), Thomas Guiry ("Lassie") and Dave Power ("Picture Perfect"). Newcomers Erik Palladino, Derk Cheetwood and Will Estes are also cast in supporting roles.

The filmmakers will realize the large-scale action sequences of "U-571" through the use of full-size vessels, which will be put to sea and engage in the spectacular battle scenes called for in director Mostow's screenplay. For these sequences, the production crew has constructed a 400-ton, full-sized, sea-going replica of a German type of VII U-boat, as well as an American submarine from the same time period. Scenes depicting the interiors of the vessels will be shot on sets constructed at Cinecitta's largest sound stage, where production designers.

Bill Skinner ("On Deadly Ground") and Geotz Weidner ("Das Boot") have combined their expertise with Marine Consultant Captain Lance H. Julian ("Titanic") to authentically recreate these fighting machines that were a key part of World War II.

The producers have assembled a distinguished team of behind-the-scenes personnel for "U-571," including director of photography Oliver Wood ("Face/Off"), 2nd unit director and stunt coordinator Jim Arnett ("Amistad"), costume designer April Ferry ("Maverick"), visual effects supervisor Peter Donen ("U.S. Marshalls"), special effects supervisor Allen Hall ("Cutthroat Island") and line producer Lucio Trentini ("Sheltering Sky"). Hal Lieberman will serve as executive producer of the film.

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