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The Lightship (1985)

PG-13 | | Drama | 26 September 1986 (USA)
A trio of robbers, two brothers and their twisted genius leader, invade a lightship, but don't reckon on the crew fighting back.

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Jerzy Skolimowski

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Siegfried Lenz (book), William Mai (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Credited cast:
Robert Duvall ... Calvin Caspary
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Captain Miller
Tim Phillips Tim Phillips ... Thorne
Arliss Howard ... Eddie
William Forsythe ... Gene
Michal Skolimowski Michal Skolimowski ... Alex (as Michael Lyndon)
Robert Costanzo ... Stump
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Tom Bower ... Coop
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Just when US Coast Guard captain Miller takes his teenage son Alex to his lightship off the coast of Virginia, Calvin Caspary and two criminal accomplices, on the run for the police, decide to hijack it. What the crazy trio didn't count on is that this small crew doesn't just keep taking it lying low, they will put up a fight. Alex hides dad's gun and wrestles his his war past and courage. Written by KGF Vissers

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The guiding light in a sea of treachery.

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killers at Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany See more »

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CBS Theatrical Films See more »
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Mono

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Alex: [narrating] My old man was a captain in the Coast Guard. We never saw too much of each other. Most of the time he was away at sea. But this time I was lucky. He made it to my graduation.
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Routine crime-drama set on the high-seas
23 February 2000 | by dstatzerSee all my reviews

There isn't much new in this gangsters-take-ship-and-crew-hostage drama, except that it takes place on a floating Light Ship. Having endured 14 months of duty on one of these floating torture chambers myself, I can tell you that nothing this exciting ever took place. All we ever did was bounce up and down and listen to a fog-horn, day and night. Too bad Duvall wasn't out there then, we could have keel-hauled him for making this very inaccurate flick!


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