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1 October 1959 (West Germany) See more »
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After a line of mischief Philip Gale, an American sailor, is lured into hiring on the "Yorikke", a tramp cargo... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Horst Buchholz ... Philip Gale, Amerikanischer Seeman

Mario Adorf ... Lawski, Polnischer Kohlenschlepper
Helmut Schmid ... Martin, Heizer auf der Yorikke
Alf Marholm ... Kapitän der Yorikke
Werner Buttler ... Dils, 1. Ingenieu
Dieter von Keil ... Statter, 1. Offizier
Panos Papadopulos ... Popoff, Bulgarischer Dockarbeiter
Edgar O. Faiss ... Bootsmann auf der Yorikke
Günter Meisner ... Paul, Trimmer auf der Yorikke
Alfred Balthoff ... Ballard
Albert Bessler ... US-Konsul
Karl Lieffen ... Belgischer Kripobeamter
Marielouise Nagel
Claudia Gerstäcker ... Shaba

Elke Sommer ... Mylene, ein Französisches Mädchen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bernhard Caspar ... (uncredited)
Siegfried Dornbusch ... (uncredited)
Peter Dornseif ... (uncredited)
Winfried Groth ... (uncredited)
Wolfgang Heyer ... (uncredited)
Rudolf Meurer ... (uncredited)
Kurt Pratsch-Kaufmann ... (uncredited)
Erik Radolf ... (uncredited)
Herbert Rüdiger ... (uncredited)
Georg Tressler ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Georg Tressler 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Hans Jacoby  writer
Werner Jörg Lüddecke  writer
B. Traven  novel

Produced by
José Kohn .... co-producer
Georg Tressler .... producer
Dietrich von Theobald .... executive producer
Original Music by
Roland Kovac 
Cinematography by
Heinz Pehlke 
Film Editing by
Ilse Voigt 
Production Design by
Emil Hasler 
Walter Kutz 
Makeup Department
Alois Woppmann .... makeup artist
Production Management
Wolfgang Völker .... production manager
Hajo Wieland .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eberhard Itzenplitz .... assistant director
Art Department
Helmut Deukert .... property master
Helmut Künnecke .... property master
Sound Department
Heinz Garbowski .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Bernhard Hellmund .... assistant camera
Karl Reiter .... still photographer
Wolfgang Treu .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elisabeth Daum .... wardrobe
Carl Philipp .... wardrobe

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Also Known As:
"Das Totenschiff" - West Germany (original title)
"The Naked and the Brave" - USA (reissue title)
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Germany:97 min
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1.66 : 1 See more »
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Good Tough Adventure, 21 May 2007
Author: tonstant viewer

Based on a book by B. Traven, author of "The Treasure of Sierra Madre."

The film is well acted, vividly photographed and distinctly better than we have any right to expect.

It depicts a fugitive sailor's time on a tramp steamer, with lots of tough guys, much grubby detail, a catastrophe and an amazing final image that will stay with you long after you've forgotten the rest of the film. Very worthwhile.

When will German DVD makers get smart and put English and French subtitles on their discs? A little extra expense would give them a worldwide clientele instead of just selling to two countries.

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