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Escape from Hell Island -- A Florida boat captain loses his license after an attempt to smuggle some Cuban refugees results in a woman dying in the process.


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Robert Sheckley (based on a novel by)
T.L.P. Swicegood (written for the screen by)
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A Florida boat captain loses his license after an attempt to smuggle some Cuban refugees results in a woman dying in the process. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Mark Stevens ... Capt. James

Jack Donner ... Lyle Dennison
Linda Gaye Scott ... Linda Dennison (as Linda Scott)
David Aldrich ... Pete Sands
Louis Oquendo ... Domingo Rios
Russell Smith Jr. ... Coast Guard Officer
Mercedes Marlowe ... Mrs. Pete Sands
Jack Clarke ... Bartender at Sloppy Joe's
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fern Martin
Alexander Panas
Edmund Reed

Directed by
Mark Stevens 
Writing credits
Robert Sheckley (based on a novel by)

T.L.P. Swicegood (written for the screen by)

Produced by
T.L.P. Swicegood .... producer
Original Music by
Nat Aldeen 
William Loose 
Cinematography by
Meredith M. Nicholson 
Film Editing by
Betty Steinberg 
Special Effects by
Thol Simonson .... special effects
Music Department
Laurindo Almeida .... musician: guitar solos
Jack K. Tillar .... music consultant (as Jack Tillar)

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USA:80 min

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A poorly written story brings this thriller down, 8 June 2015
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

A sea captain has an illegal venture on the side where he helps refugees escape Cuba. He subsequently falls in love with one of the women he brings back. The trouble is that her unbalanced husband is none too happy about this and has plans to counter-act this situation.

Escape from Hell Island is a thriller that seems to have been tapping pretty directly into events surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis. Many films did this in the 60's and this event was partially responsible for the boom in cold war spy films at the time. To be honest, it's quite awkwardly integrated into this film to the point that it almost feels added just for its topicality. The story-line is quite messy and essentially winds up with a suspense driven final third on-board a boat where two men have a stand-off against one and other in which the good captain spends quite a bit of time in the sea trying to avoid sharks and the like. It's not a particularly successful thriller, as its focus is all over the place. At best, its a reasonable time-filler.

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