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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
The Pierman
The Fireman
Tony Mamet ...
Dale Katzman
First Mate Collins
Diane Fabian ...
Janice, Age 50
Lori Gordon ...
Janice, Age 18
Fred, Age 18
Joe Litko, Age 20
Patrick Patterson ...
Janice's Husband


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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13 April 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fejezetek egy hajónaplóból  »

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Feature directorial debut for actor Joe Mantegna. 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 »


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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Swan Lake
Suite from The Ballet, Op. 20a
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (as Peter Ilych Tschaikovsky)
Arranged by Bob Mamet and J. Eric Schmidt
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No action at all!! But, a great film
26 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

This film is definitely not for everyone. If you want special effects, violence, or sexual content. You will not like this film. But, if your willing to give a film a chance for the first 20 min. or so, you'll be rewarded with several rich characters. I get the feeling this story cam from Mamet's past, from men he ran into while growing up. There is a recurring story about a member of the crew who missed

the boat. But the real story revolves around the men who work on this machine (the boat) that pretty much sails itself, and leaves these guys not much to do but talk to each other, and reflect on their own lives. Another great film for my Mamet collection!!!!!

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