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Director:
Writers:
Katherine Anne Porter (novel)
Abby Mann (screenplay)
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Release Date:
October 1965 (Austria) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
EXPLORER, MISTRESS, VAGRANT, LOAFER, ARTIST, TRAMP ... THEY ARE ALL AT THE CAPTAIN'S TABLE!
Plot:
1933. An ocean liner, belonging to a second rate German company, is making a twenty-six day voyage from Veracruz... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Not as good as the novel, but still worth seeing See more (59 total) »

Cast

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Vivien Leigh ... Mary Treadwell

Simone Signoret ... La Condesa

José Ferrer ... Rieber (as Jose Ferrer)

Lee Marvin ... Tenny

Oskar Werner ... Dr. Schumann

Elizabeth Ashley ... Jenny

George Segal ... David

José Greco ... Pepe (as Jose Greco)

Michael Dunn ... Glocken
Charles Korvin ... Capt. Thiele
Heinz Rühmann ... Lowenthal (as Heinz Ruehmann)

Lilia Skala ... Frau Hutten

BarBara Luna ... Amparo (as Barbara Luna)
Alf Kjellin ... Freytag

Christiane Schmidtmer ... Lizzi

Werner Klemperer ... Lt. Huebner

John Wengraf ... Graf
Olga Fabian ... Frau Schmitt

Gila Golan ... Elsa
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Lutz (as Oscar Beregi)

Stanley Adams ... Professor Hutten
Kaaren Verne ... Frau Lutz (as Karen Verne)
Charles De Vries ... Johann (as Charles de Vries)
Henry Calvin ... Fat Man
Peter Mamakos ... Religious Man
Paul Daniel ... Carlos
David Renard ... Woodcarver
Lydia Torea ... Pastora
Rudy Carrela ... Ric (as Rudy Carrella)
Silvia Marino ... Rac
Anthony Brand ... Guitarist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Alvar ... Student (uncredited)
Antonio ... Gypsy Dancer (uncredited)
Eddie Baker ... Prizak (uncredited)
Vicki Cos ... Flamenco dance troupe child (uncredited)
Walter Friedel ... Waiter (uncredited)
Steven Geray ... Steward aboard Vera (uncredited)
Charles H. Radilak ... Headwaiter (uncredited)

Rosario ... Carmen - Gypsy Dancer (uncredited)

Bert Rumsey ... Second Officer (uncredited)
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Directed by
Stanley Kramer 
 
Writing credits
Katherine Anne Porter (novel)

Abby Mann (screenplay)

Produced by
Stanley Kramer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ernest Gold 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo 
 
Film Editing by
Robert C. Jones 
 
Production Design by
Robert Clatworthy 
 
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Ivan Volkman .... production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Veitch .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ernest Graber .... property master
Bud Pine .... construction coordinator
Harold Michelson .... illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
James Z. Flaster .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound re-recordist
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
James Richard .... sound effects
 
Special Effects by
John Burke .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Albert Whitlock .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Johnson .... camera operator (as Richard Johnson)
Martin Kashuk .... company grip (as Marty Kaschuk)
Seldon White .... chief electrician
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joe King .... costume supervisor
Jean Louis .... designer: Ms. Leigh's clothes
 
Music Department
Ned Washington .... lyrics
Maury Winetrobe .... music editor
 
Other crew
Marshall Schlom .... script supervisor
Boyd Cabeen .... stand-in (uncredited)
Michelle Triola .... stand-in (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
149 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:16 | Netherlands:18 (orginal rating) | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Spain:7 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (2007) | UK:A (1965)

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Trivia:
Film debut of Gila Golan.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Although set in 1933, the hairstyles and costumes are decidedly mid-sixties.See more »
Quotes:
Rieber:Lowenthal, you know it is a historical fact that the Jews are the basis of our misfotunes.
Lowenthal:Of course.
Rieber:You agree?
Lowenthal:Of course. The Jews and the bicycle riders.
Rieber:The bicycle riders? Why the bicycle riders?
Lowenthal:Why the Jews?
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Soundtrack:
Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwannSee more »

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Not as good as the novel, but still worth seeing, 21 March 2007
Author: Red-125 from Upstate New York

Ship of Fools (1965) directed by Stanley Kramer, is based on the novel by Katherine Anne Porter. The film is a reasonably faithful cinematic adaptation, although it lacks the novel's subtlety and complexity. Director Kramer assembled an all-star cast--including Vivien Leigh (her last film), Simone Signoret, José Ferrer, Lee Marvin, Oskar Werner, José Greco, and George Segal.

The film takes place entirely on shipboard, except for the final scene. Naturally, the close confines of the ship and the lack of privacy bring about forced interactions, as would have been the case in reality. These interactions form the basic plot of both the book and the film.

The time is 1933, so the passengers don't know what we know--things are changing rapidly in Germany and everything will be different in just a year or two. In fact, that's the basic weakness of the plot--it's easy in retrospect to know just how wrong the Jewish salesman is when he assures people that the current unpleasantness will blow over and all will be well.

Some features of the novel were unfortunately omitted from the film, especially the roles of the Spanish twins, Ric and Rac. In the novel, they are the embodiments of senseless evil, and every chapter in which they appear is laden with foreboding. In the film, the children commit one evil act, but it makes no sense because we haven't been prepared for it.

Director Kramer made one choice I consider foolish. In the novel, a young woman named Elsa Lutz is realistically unhappy. She is unattractive, not very intelligent, not gifted or graceful, and her prospects for marriage are bleak. In the film, she is portrayed as a stunning ingénue, who will blossom into an even more stunning woman. No dramatic tension there. Porter had it right, Kramer had it wrong.

All in all, "Ship of Fools" is a classic movie by an excellent director and it's loaded with stars. It's not an essential film, but it's entertaining enough and worth renting.

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