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Lakeboat (2000)

R | | Drama | 13 April 2000 (USA)
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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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The Fireman
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Joe Pitko
J.J. Johnston ...
Stan
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Dale Katzman
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Fred
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First Mate Collins
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Guigliani
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Prostitute
Diane Fabian ...
Janice, Age 50
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Janice, Age 18
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Fred, Age 18
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Joe Litko, Age 20
Patrick Patterson ...
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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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Based on an early David Mamet play, which ran at the Tiffany Theater in West Hollywood, California, with the same cast. 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

Stan: Boy, did I get laid last night.
Fred: One of the lads on the boat?
Stan: By a woman, Freddie. A woman. Do you remember them? Soft things with a hole in the middle?
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This ain't no Pirates of the Caribbean...
31 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie that should be mandatory viewing at all nautical colleges and academies. It's a (mostly) accurate look into the lives of the men who drive ships for a living. Most people who have ever sailed aboard a ship will probably find this movie hilarious. Such people, however, constitute a small percentage of the general population. This movie is probably hit-or-miss for everybody else, in terms of whether or not they 'get it' and appreciate it for what it is. Lakeboat doesn't easily fit into any particular genre, seeing as there is hardly any plot. The movie instead focuses on characterization, and is aided to this by some relatively unknown but nonetheless well-cast actors. Some of the technical details are wrong, as mentioned in a few of the other comments, but when has any movie ever gotten all the technicalities right? Lakeboat is not an action film; It cruises along at the same slow, uneventful pace as the ship and crew it portrays. If you want a gunfight or an explosion every five minutes, don't even bother. If, however, you like a movie that is insightful, give this one a try. If you've ever been part of a ship's crew, you'll probably laugh to no end; this movie is funny because it's honest. Everybody else, be ready to have your romantic (or literary, according to the summary on this site) visions of the Sailor's life swept away like those of the movie's young protagonist. The stereotypes in the form of the foul-mouthed sailors are exaggerated, but in general the movie his film reflects a truism we jokingly use in this industry: the difference between a fairy tale and a sea story is that a fairy tale begins with "once upon a time," and a sea story begins with "this ain't no (insert four-letter 's' word here)." Lakeboat (generally) tells it like it is.


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