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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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The Pierman
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The Fireman
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Joe Pitko
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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
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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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 »

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 fine adaptation of an early David met play, driven by character, rather than plot
4 January 2002 | by (Walton, KY) – See all my reviews

LAKEBOAT for some will move as slowly as one of those ore-carrying vessels you see on the horizon from the shores of the Great Lakes. But for those wanting a relief from the frenzy of the many mindless action movies clogging our cineplexes, this Joe Montegna-directed adaptation 0of a 30-year old David Mamet play offers plenty of rewards. Rather than a coming of age film, as I've seen it described, it's really a tale in which a young grad student named Dale (played by David Mamet's brother), working on an ore boat for the summer, serves as a witness to a number of middle-aged and older crew members intent on educating their young companion. Much of their advice about handling women and sex is pretty awful, but amusing in the cocksure way in which it is dispensed to Dale--and to their good intentions in "helping" the naive boy. Most poignant of the crew is the book-reading Joe, who reveals to Dale a fact about his early life that he's told no one else--that as a boy he had dreamt of being a ballet dancer. Thinking about the direction which he chose for his own life, he tells Dale not only that he has his whole life ahead of him, but, a wonderful comment coming from a rough-hewn crew member, that he is a good man and a hard worker. Charles Durning and George Wendt are delightful as the ponderous First Mate (Captain) and second in command, as is Peter Falk as a pier worker.It seems such a crime that this film came to the Cincinnati area for just a week with no fanfare and left as quietly as it came. It desrves to find an audience, so I hope it soon will be released as an affordable video.


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