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Twilight for the Gods (1958)

The sailing vessel Cannibal has a leaking hull. The captain (Rock Hudson) reluctantly changes course for Honolulu, where one passenger (Cyd Charisse) is wanted by the law. The water rising, everyone struggles against nature to survive.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Captain David Bell
... Charlotte King
... First Mate Ramsay
... Harry Hutton
... Yancy
... Rev. Butterfield
... Oliver Wiggins
... Ethel Peacock
... Old Brown
... Ida Morris
... Feodor Morris
... Lott
... Keim (as Robert Hoy)
Maurice Marsac ... Shipping Clerk
... Myra Pringle
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Having seen better days, the sailing vessel Cannibal sets out for Mexico from the south Pacific with a leaking hull. The captain (Rock Hudson) is haunted by a tragedy that happened on another ship under his command. Believing the vessel to not be seaworthy, the crew pleads to change course for Honolulu. Being wanted there in connection with a man's death, a passenger (Cyd Charisse) wants to avoid Honolulu. As the water rises in bilge, the passengers and crew struggle against nature to survive.

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The great best seller by the author of 'The High and the Mighty' storms across the motion picture screen! See more »

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6 August 1958 (USA)  »

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Crepúsculo no Oceano  »

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The "Albatross", the boat used in the film, was owned by Ernest K. Gann, the author of the novel and the screenplay. He sailed her from California to the South Pacific, where he cruised extensively. His account of the voyage is written in two of his non-fiction books: "Song of the Sirens" and "A Hostage to Fortune". See more »

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First Mate Ramsay: Simple men always solve problems with their fists.
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Miscasting hurts potentially good film
29 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

I guess Universal was trying to give their own Rock Hudson (a recent Oscar nominee for GIANT) a bit of a stretch. I've read the Ernest K. Gann book, and the potential was here for a good film. But in fact Arthur Kennedy would have done better as the irascible captain, while Hudson would have been better cast as the first mate. This disastrous swap squanders the promise of a well-written (Gann himself) film with a decent veteran director (Pevney).


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