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The Boatniks (1970)

Young and awkward, US coast guard ensign, Thomas Garland suffers from constant comparison with his late father, a war hero. Thomas falls for pretty Kate Fairchild, a young woman who runs a ... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Tokar

Writers:

Arthur Julian (screen story and screenplay), Martin Roth (story) (as Marty Roth)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Morse ... Ensign Garland
Stefanie Powers ... Kate
Phil Silvers ... Harry Simmons
Norman Fell ... Max
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Charlie
Wally Cox ... Jason
Don Ameche ... Commander Taylor
Joey Forman ... Lt. Jordan
Vito Scotti ... Pepe Galindo
Tom Lowell ... Wagner
Robert Hastings ... Chief Walsh (as Bob Hastings)
Sammy Jackson Sammy Jackson ... Garlotti
Joe E. Ross ... Nutty Sailor
Judith Jordan ... Tina
Al Lewis ... Bert
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Storyline

Young and awkward, US coast guard ensign, Thomas Garland suffers from constant comparison with his late father, a war hero. Thomas falls for pretty Kate Fairchild, a young woman who runs a sailing school. Thomas's awkward attempts to makes a moves on Kate repeatedly backfire, to things go from bad to worse when a trio clumsy jewel thieves interferes. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Ashore or afloat, they're rocking the boat! See more »

Genres:

Family | Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marineros sin brújula See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$18,607,492
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Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie's MacGuffin was a collection of priceless jewels and gemstones. See more »


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Boatniks
Written by Bruce Belland and Robert F. Brunner
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Breezy Fun at San Diego Harbor in the early 70's
30 September 2005 | by starmineqedSee all my reviews

This is a combination boating comedy and caper yarn and works breezily on both levels. It is a truly funny time capsule that features Wally Cox as the Boatyard's playboy constantly surrounded by gorgeous and nubile young women in bikinis. The combination of weekend boating dilettantes that monopolize the Coast Guard's time and efforts is depicted quite well, and in humorous fashion. One of the early boats in need of a rescue is "The Dramamine Dragon." Gil Lamb is wonderful as a sailor committed to taking a three-year trip around the world. Joe E. Ross, Al Lewis, Bob Hastings, Joey Forman, and other sitcom stars are also on hand for lots of fun. And all of the above along with wonderful 1970-style clothes and music (think Love American Style) are just the backdrop for two stories which get intertwined.

The main character, awkwardly naive Ensign Garland (Morse), is a typically Disney-style heroic blunderer who starts off over his head but comes out on top in his new Coast Guard assignment for harbor taskmaster Don Ameche. He gets to romance bright and ornery Stephanie Powers at the top of her sexual appeal and comic timing. Complicating matters are jewel thieves Phil Silvers, Mickey Shaughnessey, and drop-dead-deadpan Norman Fell. When they learn of the highway and airport dragnet set up to capture them, they seek an escape to Mexico via water. They rent a boat from Stephanie Powers who subsequently picks up on some unusual behaviors to become suspicious.

None of it is terribly original, but this movie for family entertainment and some nice scenery (especially for male adults). It accomplishes these aspirations with many titters, giggles, and guffaws.


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