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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.

Director:

Jerzy Skolimowski

Writers:

Siegfried Lenz (book), William Mai (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

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
Badja Djola ... Nate
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Storyline

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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Color
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This film was released twenty-five years after its source novella "Das Feuerschiff" ("The Lightship") by German Siegfried Lenz had been published. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Remade as Das Feuerschiff (2008) See more »

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My old time favourite movie, maybe of all time
22 March 2018 | by mail-779-274926See all my reviews

This is an excellent thriller. Why? Because it is able to create continous tension without big special effects, violence or gun shots. It is a story about several cat and mouse games. About teenage boy and his father, it is a story about who is in charge. It is about what is good and what is right? As a teenage boy you rebel against your father, so when at a lightship just after WWII, and the only way to anoy your father is being interested in a bunch of petty thieves who came a board as castaways. What do you do? As a crew, what do you do? Are you loyal to your captain, who is determined to stick to his mission? Or do you just want to stay alive? As the boss of this bunch of petty thieves, you want to get ashore ASAP, but you also want to show that you are the boss. And you will determine what will happen to this lightship. A lightship which only task is to stay at its place. Great tension and still a great movie, with a couple of great 80 and 90 actors.


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