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Lakeboat (2000)

R | | Drama | 13 April 2000 (USA)
Film adaptation of David Mamet's comic play Lakeboat about a grad student who takes a summer job on a Great Lakes freighter and sees life through the eyes of his low-brow crew members.

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Skippy
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The Pierman
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The Fireman
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Dale Katzman
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First Mate Collins
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Guigliani
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Prostitute
Diane Fabian ...
Janice, Age 50
Lori Gordon ...
Janice, Age 18
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Fred, Age 18
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Joe Litko, Age 20
Patrick Patterson ...
Janice's Husband
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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 Anonymous

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Rated R for strong language and some sexual content | See all certifications »
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Fejezetek egy hajónaplóból  »

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Writer David Mamet has actual experience sailing on cargo vessels. See more »

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Longshoremen are shown moving around bulk cargo on pallets when the ship is in port, despite the fact lakeboats are filled with coal, grain or iron ore. They never carry modular bulk cargo. See more »

Quotes

Fred: It's getting expensive just to live.
Joe Pitko: Sure as shit.
Fred: Just to buy a pack of Camels, it's getting so you have to go to the fucking bank. Used to be 26 cents a pack in Indiana.
Joe Pitko: I remember when it was 17 cents in Tennessee.
Fred: You're not from there.
Joe Pitko: Ah, we used to go there. Wish I never got started. I used to buy them from my old man. He used to say "Hey, if you're gonna smoke, don't hide it. Smoke in my presence."
Fred: So did you?
Joe Pitko: Christ, no, he would've kicked the shit out of me.
Fred: It's too fucking expensive...
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A rich, rewarding film!
7 March 2004 | by (Ironwood, Michigan USA) – See all my reviews

I found the movie "Lakeboat" to be a wonderful character driven film! The actors are superb, especially Robert Forster as the world-weary Joe Pitko! An Oscar performance if there ever was one. Some might find the language a bit "salty", but It wasn't gratuitous. Rather it reflects the way regular blue collar guys sometimes relate to each other, guys among guys. Having grown up and spent most of my life in the great-lakes area, I found that it rung true, and I thought it was explained very well to "the new guy" by his cabin mate before the voyage. If you don't mind thinking a bit, and you don't need an explosion every few minutes or huge special effects to keep your attention, I think you'll enjoy this film. It's a nice change of pace from the rat race.


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