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Abandon Ship (1957)

Seven Waves Away (original title)
Ship's officer finds himself in command of a lifeboat full of survivors of a sunken luxury liner.

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Nurse Julie White
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Frank Kelly
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Will McKinley
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Edith Middleton
James Hayter ...
'Cookie' Morrow
Marie Lohr ...
Dorothy Knudson
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Mr. Wheaton
John Stratton ...
Jimmy 'Sparks' Clary
Victor Maddern ...
Willy Hawkins
Eddie Byrne ...
Michael Faroni
Noel Willman ...
Aubrey Clark
Moultrie Kelsall ...
Daniel Cane
Robert Harris ...
Arthur J. Middleton
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Storyline

After their luxury liner is sunk, a group of over twenty survivors take refuge in a life boat made for only nine. Included in the group are an old opera singer, a nuclear physicist, his wife and child, a General, a play-write and his dog, a college professor, a gambler and his mistress, the ship's nurse, and several members of the crew, including the Captain and executive officer. Soon, the captain dies from his injuries. The executive officer must take charge, and as a hurricane approaches, and their food and water run out, he must decide who to put over the side, and who stays and gets a chance at survival. Written by Mike Hatchett <hatchetts13@webtv.net>

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14 of these survivors must be cast adrift! Which will the Captain choose?


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28 May 1957 (Portugal)  »

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(Encore-Action Library Print)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Hildegard Knef turned down the offer to play the female lead. The role eventually went to Mai Zetterling. See more »

Goofs

It was previously said: "When Holmes climbs aboard the lifeboat, he is wearing only his jockey shorts and his t-shirt (...). In later scenes, his pants are miraculously back on him." However, when the captain dies Holmes orders his clothes to be taken off his body before he is cast adrift. Holmes is plainly wearing the captain's jacket and cap after that point and, it's reasonable to assume, his trousers. See more »

Quotes

Alec: We can't take any weather, she'll sink right under us.
Kelly: Well, that leaves just one thing... You've gotta evict some of the tenants.
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Connections

Remade as The Last Survivors (1975) See more »

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A sane alternative to "Titanic"
23 January 1999 | by (Louisville, KY USA) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this film in many years, but I have never forgotten it. It proves you can make a harrowing high-seas adventure with life-and-death philosophical overtones on a tiny budget in a tiny set without going overboard (pun intended) like the bloated "Titanic." In some ways, I prefer this gritty, direct film more than Alfred Hitchcock's very similar "Lifeboat." This film has fewer glamorous eccentricities and gets down to the painful, shocking task of sacrificing lives. Tyrone Power might seem miscast as the captain, but this is not a glamor-boy role and as I recall he handles it quite well. If you're in the mood for hard-hitting, serious drama, this is the picture for you.


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