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Director:
Writers:
John Robins (screenplay)
Jack Hill (story) ...
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Release Date:
7 March 1980 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Those who survive the ghost ship are better off dead! See more »
Plot:
Survivors of a tragic shipping collision are rescued by a mysterious black ship which appears out of the fog... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Some castaways from a passenger luxury cruise are trapped inside a mysterious freighter on open seas See more (68 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Kennedy ... Captain Ashland

Richard Crenna ... Trevor Marshall

Nick Mancuso ... Nick

Sally Ann Howes ... Margaret Marshall

Kate Reid ... Sylvia
Victoria Burgoyne ... Lori
Jennifer McKinney ... Robin Marshall
Danny Higham ... Ben Marshall

Saul Rubinek ... Jackie
Murray Cruchley ... Parsons (as Lee Murray)

Doug Smith ... Seaman No. 1
Tony Sherwood ... Seaman No. 2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andrew Semple ... Strangled Sailor (uncredited)

Directed by
Alvin Rakoff 
 
Writing credits
John Robins (screenplay)

Jack Hill (story) and
David P. Lewis (story)

Produced by
Derek Gibson .... producer
Harold Greenberg .... producer
Larry Nesis .... associate producer (as Larry Nessis)
 
Original Music by
Ivor Slaney 
 
Cinematography by
René Verzier (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mike Campbell 
 
Production Design by
Chris Burke 
 
Art Direction by
Michel Proulx 
 
Makeup Department
Pierre David .... hairdresser
Joan Isaacson .... makeup artist
Huguette Roy .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Michael Bennett .... unit manager: USA
Adrian Hughes .... production supervisor
Roger Héroux .... production manager (as Roger Heroux)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Braive .... assistant director
Pedro Gandol .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Frances Calder .... props buyer
Pierre Gelinas .... assistant art director
Jim Hodgson .... props buyer
David Phillips .... props
Norman Simpson .... props master
Andre Brochu .... construction supervisor (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
David Appleby .... sound re-recording mixer (as Dave Appleby)
Henri Blondeau .... sound mixer
Terry Burke .... post-synchronisation sound effects
Steven Cole .... sound effects assistant (as Steve Cole)
Austin Grimaldi .... sound re-recording mixer
Andy Malcolm .... post-synchronisation sound effects
Normand Mercier .... boom operator
Michele Moses .... sound effects assistant
William Trent .... sound effects editor (as Bill Trent)
Don White .... foley recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Michael Albrechtsen .... special effects (as Mike Albrechtsen)
Peter Hughes .... special effects
 
Stunts
Grant Page .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Benison .... photographer: second unit
Michel Paul Bélisle .... gaffer (as Michel-Paul Belisle)
Frank Connor .... still photographer
Greg Daniels .... best boy
Denis Gingras .... camera assistant
Paul Gravel .... camera assistant
Frank Lenk .... camera operator
André Ouellette .... camera grip (as Andre Oullette)
John Palmer .... camera operator
Norman Smith .... key grip
 
Casting Department
Ingrid Fischer .... casting: Canada
Victoria Mitchell .... casting: Canada
Anna St. Johns .... casting: U.K.
Sue Stone .... casting: U.K.
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paul-André Guérin .... costumer
Gaudeline Sauriol .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Greg Glynn .... editing assistant
Yurij Luhovy .... editing assistant
Jean-Pol Passet .... editing assistant
 
Other crew
Victoria Barney .... production assistant: USA
Joy Berger .... unit publicist
Jean Louis Bibeau .... technical advisor
Monique Brasseur .... production assistant
Don Carmody .... production executive
Micheline D'Andre .... production assistant
Michael Dalling .... unit publicist
Andre Genest .... advisor: German memorabilia
Shirley Gill .... production accountant
Linda Gregory .... production accountant
Nancy Mayer .... production assistant: USA
Dave Novak .... unit publicist
Captain Pelletier .... technical advisor
June Randall .... script supervisor
Jacques Vezina .... technical advisor
Leon Vezina .... technical advisor
Linda Browne .... script supervisor trainee (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
91 min
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Certification:
Australia:M | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Finland:K-18 (1988) | Finland:(Banned) (1980) | France:-12 | Norway:18 (video premiere) | Norway:(Banned) (1980-2003) (cinema release) | Portugal:M/16 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (2007) | UK:18 (video rating) (1987) | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Trivia:
The make and model of the derelict mysterious black 'Flying Dutchman like' "Death Ship" was a deserted German World War II freighter which had once been a Kriegsmarine prison ship used for torturing.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: At the 51-minute mark, there is a sequence in which the character played by George Kennedy emerges in a dark uniform atop the ship while the character played by Richard Crenna looks from below. During three separate long shots of Kennedy, a crew member and camera are plainly visible to the left of the screen.See more »
Quotes:
[on collision course with the titular ship]
Ashland:Signal him to alter course.
Seaman No. 1:I already have, sir.
Ashland:Well, signal him again, damnit.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rewind This! (2013)See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Some castaways from a passenger luxury cruise are trapped inside a mysterious freighter on open seas, 10 February 2010
Author: ma-cortes

Creepy and exciting movie about some shipwrecked lead to remains of a deserted ghost ship that's been missing for more than 40 years , since WWII, it is packed with good actors and slick direction . The film concerns about a passenger luxury liner is crashed by a strange freighter . The castaways enter into the rare German ship and after encounter themselves trapped and they figure out that things are not as they should. A frightening vessel lost from the 40s at a remote region nowadays is floating drift.The mysterious Nazi vessel is lost at sea for more than 50 years.But one time aboard the cavernous, eerie ship, the group encounter that the decaying Oceaner freighter is anything but deserted. Boarding the ship results to be a big mistake since the tragedy that overtook the lives of crew and captain lingers and starts to affect the present passengers. When a series of bizarre occurrences happen and the crew becomes caught in a web of ghastly deeds ,they soon learn is inhabited by haunting previous crew.

The picture contains scary suspense, thrills, terror,tension, chills and is quite entertaining. Deserted ship is portrayed as a complete riddle with weird events,screams and grisly horrifying happenings. The movie paid attention to building up a terrifying atmosphere instead of violent and stabbing killing spree.The action takes completely place into a rusty ship wreck .The argument isn't original but it's being gradually revealed with nutty enchantment , such as ¨The shinning(Kubrick)¨ style and it attracts viewer's attention. The picture is starred by fine actors, doing some correct performances, as Richard Crenna, George Kennedy, Sally Ann Howes and nice secondary role for Saul Rubinek .If you're enthusiastic of the mystery tales and B films, so you'll encounter this picture to be agreeable. If your interest lies on a more cerebral terror movie,then I highly recommend you skip this one.This eerie movie is rightly directed by Alvin Rakoff during the 8os, he is a craftsman Canadian director as cinema as television . The film is recommended for all horror lovers which will find many nice eerie shots though not very logical but still their appetite for gruesome scenes will be satisfied.

Other adaptation about 'ghost ships' are the following : For television titled ¨The triangle(2001)¨by Lewis Teague with Luke Perry, Dan Cortese , Olivia Dábo and Polly Shannon, the high budgeted by Joel Silver titled ¨ The Ghost ship (2002) ¨ by Steven Beck with Julianne Margules, Ron Eldard and Gabriel Byrne and for Sci-Fi channel titled ¨The ghost voyage¨ with Antonio Sabato and Gary-Hiroyaki Tagawa.

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