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I saw this movie starring Angie Dickinson and Cliff Robertson only twice. It is worth issuing back on video, or dvd. My opinion is that it is more to the point of the topic of "Overboard". There is a "realness" out on the sea, and I of course am an Angie fan. Anyone who liked this movie, would definitely like "Adrift" with Kate Jackson and Kenneth Welsh...chilling, and suspenseful, and also on the Pacific. I have been searching for this "Overboard" for years..an exhaustive search. Please help.
"Overboard" was broadcast on daytime TV today.
It's a fascinating character study of two flawed individuals who are
constantly seeking answers and fulfillment in their lives.
Beautifully photographed and tragic in its execution this is one TV movie that has been shamefully overlooked. One of Angie Dickinson's best ever performances - on a par with her turn in "A Sensitive, Passionate Man" - also broadcast on Irish TV last year.
"Overboard" is a gem of a movie. It stands far above the vast wasteland of
made for TV movies. What makes it so memorable for me, even after 20 years,
is that it breaks all of the usual formulas and rules, shedding the obvious
action-adventure treatment for something truly different and in my opinion
far better, and deeper.
Filmed on location in the South Pacific with excellent photography and production values, director John Newland weaves the tale and the able cast into a rich fabric that will keep you thinking for a long time to come. Though the characters are well developed, they are intentionally ambiguous, inviting personal interpretation.
The director and cast peel back the layers of a troubled couple's relationship: the human emotions; the failings; the ambitions; and the hidden agendas, and strike a very dark, ominous tone. It's moody, broody and nostalgic, but strangely satisfying. It grabs you and pulls you in. Like it or not, you are dragged along as if by a powerful force of nature. You think you know where the sailboat is headed, and perhaps the characters as well. But you don't!
How well do we really know each other? And ourselves?
I saw this 1978 "made-for-TV" film the first time it was aired, and once or twice since then (though not recently) and have never been able to forget it. It is one of the most haunting, beautiful, and chilling movies I have ever seen. Stunningly filmed in the Pacific and Tahiti, it is believably acted, and the story is original(though its theme is universal). This was made WAY before "Dead Calm," another favorite of mine, but in "Overboard" fate is the villain. The story involves an attractive, affluent married couple (Dickinson and Robertson in their primes) who -- at sailing fanatic Robertson's suggestion -- decide to sail their gorgeous yacht together to Tahiti (along with their cat) to recharge their relationship and add some spice and excitement to their somewhat dull upper-middle-class lives. Their adventure accomplishes both of these goals as it progresses from the ordinary and banal to its unexpected and chilling conclusion. It is especially fulfilling because it was made before American movies became dominated by crass taste, coarse language, and adolescent mindsets.
I heard about this movie and have been hunting for it for several years. I see it listed on IMDb but have been unable to obtain it. I saw it once on ebay listed by an Australian but was outbid. I would so love to see this movie. We heard about it from a sailing club that was talking about the bad luck of "renaming" a sailboat. It sounds like a great sailing movie not to mention about the difficulties the couple seems to be going through. The renaming thing is just a superstition thing the club had been talking about, but I guess that is part of the mystery in the movie about the boat??? Please, if anyone knows how to buy or rent one, please let me know.
Boopsie has hit my feelings and thoughts about this movie right on the nose. I saw this movie many many years ago and was stunned at the ending. It started as a fairly interesting story-line and I was enjoying that. Angie Dickenson and Cliff Robertson were a good match for these characters. Yes, Boopsie,..haunting, chilling, beautiful.... I was stunned at the ending. To this day..I think about this movie, often, which is odd. I see the tvguides for overboard with Goldie Hawn and WISH that once, (maybe twice or as much) that instead of the overboard with Goldie Hawn coming on every week, this overboard would show up.....i wish i wish. If you can see this movie anywhere, do so.
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A well-acted and directed story with wonderfully subtle dialog. Not often rebroadcast probably because the two main characters are both at an age outside the demographic. Of course Angie Dickinson looks awesome in a bikini. She plays the insecure and repressed wife of a highly successful lawyer (Cliff Robertson). After he decides to chuck it all and sail the world with her on a sail boat, they both emerge from their shells. But, while he can only focus on his new acquisition (the boat) she begins to explore her boundaries with the help of a young man at the port of Tahiti. Spoiler!! One huge error: through most of the film Ms. Dickinson is strapped in a life-jacket. But at the end the jacket disappears! I videotaped all but the very beginning of this film in 1992. While still watchable the overall quality has suffered. I was going to tape over it but will hold off for a little while.
The scenery alone is enough to make you want to see it again and again. Add to that the acting of both Dickenson and Robertson and you have the perfect movie. As for having a "duplicate" title, I feel that that was a shame. The "other" "Overboard" with Goldie Hawn and Curt Russell, while a cute comedy that takes place on the ocean, has nothing in common with this older or original "Overboard," which is certainly far from being comical. Both my husband and I remember the final scene (we think) to a tee; but we are not in agreement on the rest of the movie. We've been arguing about this all these years and would love to be able to end our dispute by seeing the movie again.
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I saw this film several years ago..fell asleep and I missed the ending of the movie .... what happened after she fell??????!!!! Pleeeeese! someone out there has to tell me! I have waited years to find out and never saw this film on TV again! I enjoyed the movie so much..the story line was great and the scenes of the boat were just enough to get me out to whale watch and try my hand at sailing! The Overboard with Kurt Russell is on all the time, but this picture never gets replayed! Please put my years of wondering to an end and someone please tell me what happens to her! Also how do you find copies or contact the networks to get this replayed on TV..Great film
I am among the many who would like to have a copy of this movie.
Imagine seeing a made- for-TV movie just once, and never being able to
forget it. I had read the book beforehand and found it to be an
excellent novel (which led me to read more of Searles' books). What a
thrill it was to see the movie so beautifully express this excellent
novel. It's a real drama, the characters are real human beings, and
it's a very moving story, without car chases and explosions, so unlike
most of today's movies. I suppose for that reason, it will never be
released on DVD. But I keep hoping.
Cliff Robertson is a great actor, and it's a miserable shame that he should have been "black- balled" by Hollywood. If you like him, you might enjoy the wonderfully melodramatic "Obsession."
This may have been Angie Dickinson's best performance, although she was also terrific in in "Dressed to Kill."
Both Obsession and Dressed to Kill are Brian DePalma films which have a particular flavor all their own. I recommend them.
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