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Katherine Anne Porter (novel)
Abby Mann (screenplay)
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Release Date:
October 1965 (Austria) See more »
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EXPLORER, MISTRESS, VAGRANT, LOAFER, ARTIST, TRAMP ... THEY ARE ALL AT THE CAPTAIN'S TABLE!
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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 13 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Vivien Leigh ... Mary Treadwell

Simone Signoret ... La Condesa

José Ferrer ... Siegfried Rieber (as Jose Ferrer)

Lee Marvin ... Bill Tenny

Oskar Werner ... Dr. Wilhelm Schumann

Elizabeth Ashley ... Jenny

George Segal ... David

José Greco ... Pepe (as Jose Greco)

Michael Dunn ... Karl Glocken
Charles Korvin ... Capt. Thiele

Heinz Rühmann ... Julius Lowenthal (as Heinz Ruehmann)

Lilia Skala ... Frau Hutten

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

Christiane Schmidtmer ... Lizzi Spoekenkieker

Werner Klemperer ... Lt. Huebner

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

Gila Golan ... Elsa
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Herr 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)

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
Carol Daniels .... stunt double: Elizabeth Ashley (uncredited)
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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149 min
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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:
This was Vivien Leigh's final film before his death on July 8, 1967 at the age of 53.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Although set in 1933, the hairstyles and costumes are decidedly mid-sixties.See more »
Quotes:
Bill Tenny:I was in Vercaruz trying to teach them greasers to play ball. Man, they tried to poison me. You know, I had the runs for three weeks.
Mary Treadwell:How interesting. I'd like to hear more about it.
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Heute abend geh'n wir bummeln auf der reeperbahnSee more »

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41 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
An all-star cast en route to Germany as Hitler takes power, 17 August 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Ship of Fools" it may be, but it is also a Ship of Stars: Oskar Werner, Vivien Leigh, Lee Marvin, Simone Signoret, Jose Ferrer, Elizabeth Ashley, George Segal, and Michael Dunn. Directed by Stanley Kramer, this 1965 film deals with a German ship heading to its port in Bremerhaven in 1933 and the lives of some of its passengers. Dunn speaks to the audience at the beginning and end of the film, telling us at first that it is a ship of fools and that we may find ourselves in some of the characters.

This is one of the best all-star casts ever assembled, right up there with "All About Eve" and "The Long, Hot Summer." The performances are as magnificent as the film is relentlessly depressing, with a Jewish man put at a table with a dwarf, while at the captain's table, another man preaches about the new Germany and extermination of Jews, the elderly, and those who are not fit. The optimistic Jew thinks Germany owes the Jews a great deal and vice versa, and with 1 million Jews there, certainly no one is going to kill all of them. A drug-addicted woman is being deported to an island, and the very ill ship's doctor falls in love with her and is tempted to give up his miserable life to care for her. A couple with a passionate sex life finds they are poles apart in every other way. A bitter, middle-aged woman comes to grips with her loneliness and tries to drink it away. And on and on, on the ship of fools. By the end of the film, looking at the Jew's beautiful family on the dock, the viewer is ready to reach for a razor blade.

Oskar Werner (Tyrone Power's son-in-law) gives a magnificent performance as a man discouraged about his life full of obligations, exhausted from ill health, and reaching out for one last chance at happiness. Simone Signoret, who falls for the doctor, is a warm and sympathetic countess, nervous about her future, her past dried up. Lee Marvin, as a southern drunk who wants to get laid, is perfection - Vivien Leigh herself was impressed with him. "What's this about the Jews?" he asks her. "I never saw a Jew until I was 15." "Perhaps you were too busy lynching Negroes to care about the Jews," she replies.

For Vivien Leigh, Scarlett is far behind her - 26 years behind her, in fact, with almost no vestige of her left due to Leigh's battles with manic-depression and the dissolution of her marriage to Laurence Olivier. As Scarlett herself would have said, "That girl doesn't exist anymore." Her character is the Blanche Dubois who didn't go to the asylum and some years later takes a cruise. Even the last gown she wears, as she dances the Charleston, is reminiscent of Blanche. It's a great performance as a beautiful woman who has seen better days and is disillusioned and bitter about men, love, and romance. Her big scenes at the end of the film - in the hallway and with Marvin - are fantastic.

I have to believe, though "Ship of Fools" is downbeat, that it leaves us with some hope. Dunn, as the dwarf philosopher, is too smart to stick around Germany once things heat up; perhaps his Jewish friend will see the light before it's too late. The Countess is a survivor; no reason she shouldn't survive the island. But for all of them, a certain way of life has ended, and they won't be going back.

One of the great films of the '60s.

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