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After their ship is sunk in the Atlantic by Germans, eight people are stranded in a lifeboat, among them a glamorous journalist (Tallulah Bankhead), a tough seaman (John Hodiak), a nurse (Mary Anderson) and an injured sailor (William Bendix). Their problems are further compounded when they pick up a ninth passenger - the Nazi captain from the U-boat that torpedoed them. With its powerful interplay of suspense and emotion, this legendary classic is a microcosm of humanity, revealing the subtleties of man's strengths and frailties under extraordinary duress.
- The Making of Lifeboat
- Theatrical trailer
- Still gallery
- Commentary by Film Professor Drew Casper
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But this great film (I guess, the only one he made to Twentieth Century Fox) is one his best works from his american B&W period along with REBECCA and NOTORIOUS. And it shows....
Lifeboat was a play by John Steinback, in which, after a dramatic sea battle, a group of passengers get together on a lifeboat after the ocean liner they were travelling at gets sunk by a german U-boat (that also sunk).
This premisse is the perfect environment for Hitchcock to show his best characteristic: a director who loves to work under self imposed constrictions so he can turn these same constrictions to his own advantage. The constriction I'm talking about is his best mark: closed spaces, single settings, the challenge of making the audience unaware that they are in just one big room.
Stranded in the middle of the Atlantic we see a micro society: the rich spoiled girl in a mink coat (Talullah Bankhead in a great role), an industrialist, a sailor, a mother with her dead baby, a nurse, a engeneer, a steward... and the german captain from the U-boat that was responsible for the whole tragedy.
As the survivors try to cope with their new condition, they cannot agree on the direction their lifeboat should take in a desperate attempt to reach an allied ship. Should they trust one of theirs and risk to die adrift... or should they trust the wise experienced german captain who may or may not be leading them towards a german ship that may be somewhere close.
And then comes the question: is the german captain a prisoner of the group...Read more ›
After a German U-Boat sinks a ship in the Atlantic, ten people survive the sinking in a single lifeboat lost and largely forgotten by the rest of the world. Shipmates Gus Smith (William Bendix), John Kovac (John Hodiak), the radio operator"Sparks" Garrett (Hume Cronyn), an African-American steward named Joe (Canada Lee) and a small group of surviving passengers Alice a nurse (Heather Angel), the wealthy Charles Rittenhouse (Henry Hull), Photographer Constance Porter (Tallulah Bankhead) finally a shell shocked mother (Mary Anderson) whose baby dies in the attack. When the passengers find another survivor things become nasty; the last survivor is a German officer (Walter Slezak) whose U-Boat is taken out after destroying the ship.Read more ›
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Hitchcock had always wanted to shoot a film in a confined space, and Lifeboat was his first crack at it, followed later by Rope (1948) and Rear Window (1954). Read morePublished 28 days ago by H. Bala
Lifeboat, a gritty and emotionally raw story as only Steinbeck could have written, is a film that packs a punch and harbors suspense as only Hitchcock could have directed.Published 1 month ago by cory schultz
A good classic to have in a video library. Although it takes place in WW II, the theme is very much 2016 , i.e. modern day living.. DVD came in perfect condition from seller. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
"Lifeboat" should not be ignored any longer. In fact, Alfred Hitchcock's film catalog especially his early black and white silent films explore his genius. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sylviastel
Classic, classic movie - great + memorable performances
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I haven't watched it yet, but I will probably watch with my Dad. He watched it a long time ago.Published 2 months ago by Alana Clark
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