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The Lightship (1985)

PG-13  |   |  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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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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According to Dennis Schwarz's film review, "the film is told from the POV of the Michal Skolimowski [the Alex Miller] character, who acts as narrator". 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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Claustrophobic sexuality
3 September 2010 | by (Iceland) – See all my reviews

There is no art devised by man that does not include sexuality of some sort. The Lighthouse is no exception to this rule. Brandauer sees nothing wrong in stirring bad-guy Duvall's bathwater. Neither does his son seem to mind Arliss Howard's kiss. The claustrophobic atmosphere of this ship is dense with sexuality. It has other qualities as well. That is of course obvious.To my mind it is an excellent thriller. I have always been keen on sea faring vessels. This film is not perfect. But it surprises me each time I watch it. Not maybe the best but surely not the worst. Try watching it with an open mind. It seems to have this not so rare hate or love quality. That is definitely it's forte.


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