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Lifeboat (1944)

Approved  |   |  Thriller, War  |  28 January 1944 (USA)
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Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

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In the Atlantic during WWII, a ship and a German U-boat are involved in a battle and both are sunk. The survivors from the ship gather in one of the boats. They are from a variety of backgrounds: an international journalist, a rich businessman, the radio operator, a nurse, a steward, a sailor and an engineer with communist tendencies. Trouble starts when they pull a man out of the water who turns out to be from the U-boat. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Six men and three women - against the sea and each other. See more »

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Thriller | War

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Release Date:

28 January 1944 (USA)  »

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Náufragos  »

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$1,590,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

For the German-dubbed version the challenge was to maintain the tension between the English-speaking majority in the boat vs. Willy and Connie Porter talking German. This problem was "solved" having Willy pretend to be a Dutch volunteer with the Kriegsmarine and shifting the Willy-Porter conversation to the Dutch language. See more »

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After Willy catches the baby, the position of his right arm changes in between shots. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[indistinct shouting]
John Kovac: Ahoy there!
[climbs into boat]
John Kovac: Lady, you certainly don't look like somebody that's just been shipwrecked.
Connie Porter: Man, I certainly feel like it.
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Die Meistersinger: Preislied
(1867) (uncredited)
Written by Richard Wagner
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Superb Hitchcock and superb Bankhead
8 July 2005 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

How difficult is it to make a 96 minute film with one set and keep it consistently interesting and fascinating? Answer: Extremely - but Hitchcock and his cinematographer pulled it off brilliantly.

Bankhead is brilliant and deserved an Oscar nom for Best Actress - likewise William Bendix is superb and deserved a Best Supporting Actor nom -neither made the Academy's final list. A shame! (I found Bendix in WAKE ISLAND, for which he was nominated, rather forgettable).

This one did get noms for direction, cinematography and original story- all deserved. The ensemble playing from everyone is exceptional - it's dark and harrowing, but a masterpiece nonetheless. Don't miss it!


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