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The Lightship (1985)

 -  Drama  -  26 September 1986 (USA)
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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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Calvin Caspary
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Captain Miller
Tim Phillips ...
Thorne
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Eddie
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Gene
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Alex (as Michael Lyndon)
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Stump
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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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Killers at Sea  »

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Director Jerzy Skolimowski did not direct another feature film for about four years after this picture which was 1989's Torrents of Spring (1989). 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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Remade as Das Feuerschiff (2008) See more »

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excellent flick
29 September 2006 | by (brazil) – See all my reviews

this a very odd film indeed, odd in a positive sense, its like others posters have commented , a struggle between archetypes of good and evil. i love the fact that it takes place in a limited space and time, allowing an intense scenario for this characters to clash against each other no holds barred. the only real elements that trouble this elementary piece of cinema is the off narration and the acting from the young guy, who is Skowlimowski's son in real life. still a great movie ; Duvall against Brandauer, in a ship that doesn't go anywhere, what more do you want. catch this. Its a lovingly crafted exercise in film-making , with beautiful photography, odd locations, superb acting , and a great screenplay.


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