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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
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Thorne
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Eddie
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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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Star Billing: Robert Duvall (1st) and Klaus Maria Brandauer (2nd). 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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The Lightship should've been sunk
31 August 2010 | by (Wednesbury, England.) – See all my reviews

I bought this movie on video from a charity shop (PDSA)...well that was MY excuse. I expected better from Robert Duvall who was incomprehensible for much of this film's 84 minutes. He wasn't alone...the plot, such as it was, was also incomprehensible...I've watched the damn thing twice now and I still can't make out what nor why. There's far too much chat and not nearly enough action. It takes some dragging out to 84mins so that explains the funereal pacing. There doesn't seem, least not to me, to be any good reason for setting this film on board a lightship. Did the makers think that the novel setting and its exclusivity would make this malarkey stand out from the crowd?? The lightship outshines the cast...but it takes more than a rotting hulk of a boat to save this incomprehensible clunker. I wouldn't be unhappy if the player chews up this particular video!


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