Coming-of-age tale set aboard a shipping freighter traveling America's Great Lakes. Dale is an Ivy League college student who briefly joins a world-weary crew. Exposed to a seafaring lifestyle which falls short of his literary visions, Dale instead finds the experience rich in unexpected ways. The men's bravado and comical posturing gives way as their lively story-telling reveals more about their mythologized view of life than about what actually may have happened. Written by
The ship used in the movie is the S.S. Seaway Queen a 713' Canadian Great Lakes bulk freighter, built in 1959 and operated By Upper Lakes Shipping of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For the movie Toronto was painted out on the stern and replaced with Chicago. She was sold for scrap in 2003. See more »
At points in the movie crew members are shown making phone calls to shore via the inter-ship phone system. That phone system only allows calls to other parts of the vessel. See more »
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This film was brimming with brisk, witty dialogue, and nuanced performances. Robert Forster and Charles Durning, in particular, stood out. Forster has an incredible humanity about him. What is so appealing about Mamet's films and plays is that the dialogue is so rapidfire, the actors don't have time to well, um, act. As a result (and, most likely, also due to masterful direction) they live in the moment. It is ironic that the result of such a word-intensive piece is profound simplicity.
Don't understand why this isn't getting wider distribution.
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