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Death Ship (1980)

A mysterious ghostly freighter rams and sinks a modern day cruise ship whose survivors climb aboard the freighter and discover that it is a World War II Nazi torture vessel.

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Alvin Rakoff

Writers:

John Robins (screenplay), Jack Hill (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Kennedy ... Captain Ashland
Richard Crenna ... Trevor Marshall
Nick Mancuso ... Nick
Sally Ann Howes ... Margaret Marshall
Kate Reid ... Sylvia
Victoria Burgoyne ... Lori
Jennifer McKinney ... Robin Marshall
Danny Higham Danny Higham ... Ben Marshall
Saul Rubinek ... Jackie
Murray Cruchley Murray Cruchley ... Parsons (as Lee Murray)
Doug Smith Doug Smith ... Seaman No. 1
Anthony Sherwood ... Seaman No. 2 (as Tony Sherwood)
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Storyline

Survivors of a tragic shipping collision are rescued by a mysterious black ship which appears out of the fog. Little do they realize that the ship is actually a Nazi torture ship which has sailed the seas for years, luring unsuspecting sailors aboard and killing them off one by one. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

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Those who survive the ghost ship are better off dead! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

UK | Canada | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

7 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brod smrti See more »

Filming Locations:

Dauphin Island, Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 4,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,750,000, 31 December 1980
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

As the ghost ship collided with the cruise liner, brief scenes of an explosion, a grand piano falling between decks, and the engine room flooding were cut in. These scenes were from The Last Voyage (1960). See more »

Goofs

When Nick is trying to free Lori from the shower by smashing the glass door, you can clearly tell that he is hitting the metal part of the door with the board and not the glass. See more »

Quotes

[on collision course with the titular ship]
Ashland: Signal him to alter course.
Seaman No. 1: I already have, sir.
Ashland: Well, signal him again, damnit.
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Alternate Versions

The German TV version was cut by several minutes including nearly all scenes of violence, dead bodies and Nazi content. The old Videoversion (VPS Video) is uncut. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Stormy Seas: The Voyage from Bloodstar to Death Ship (2007) See more »

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Creepy and very atmospheric
3 March 2004 | by bfan83See all my reviews

Ok, we've already stated the fact that I LOVE b-movies. A lot of them are cheesy, badly acted, and have horrible plots. But that's what I love about them. And surely this film has all those right elements for a b-movie. But what this film does better than those other films, is that I manages to maintain atmospheric. Some of the scenes in this film were absolutely frightening! It kept me spellbound and wondering what was going to happen next. Even though, it was blatantly obvious and predictable. It still kept me guessing at certain parts. I give it a 9. Watch it if you are a die-hard horror fan or b-movie fan. Oh yeah, George Kennedy actually gave an award winning, creepy performance as the captain who wanted to take over the Nazi Freighter.


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