A trio of robbers, two brothers and their twisted genius leader, invade a lightship, but don't reckon on the crew fighting back.

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Just when US Coast Guard captain Miller takes his teenage son Alex to his lightship off the coast of Virginia, Calvin Caspary and two criminal accomplices, on the run for the police, decide to hijack it. What the crazy trio didn't count on is that this small crew doesn't just keep taking it lying low, they will put up a fight. Alex hides dad's gun and wrestles his his war past and courage. Written by KGF Vissers

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The guiding light in a sea of treachery.

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The movie is set "10 years after WWII [in 1955] off the coast of Norfolk, Virginia" off the Carolina coast at Cape Hatteras. See more »

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Alex: [narrating] My old man was a captain in the Coast Guard. We never saw too much of each other. Most of the time he was away at sea. But this time I was lucky. He made it to my graduation.
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Pretty Good
13 November 2000 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

If you like lighthouses/lightstations or lightships you will definitely like this movie. The story line is not the best, gangsters on the run who happen to get rescued by the crew of the lightship. But to see one of the few lightships left in operation is a real treat for us "landlubbers".

Robert Duvall gives a good performance but the real star of this movie is none-the-less the "Hattaras" Lightship.


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