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In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt team-up as two out-of-work actors who accidentally stowaway on a ship... See more »

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Maurice
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Arthur
Walker Jones ...
Maitre D'
Jessica Walling ...
Attractive Woman
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Baker in Kramer's Pastries
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Gertrude in "Hamlet"
George Guidall ...
Claudius in "Hamlet"
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Bernardo in "Hamlet"
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Sir Jeremy Burtom
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Burtom's Assistant
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Stage Manager
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Mike / Laertes in "Hamlet"
Ted Blumberg ...
Francisco in "Hamlet"
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Lily 'Lil'
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Voltri, First Mate
Teagle F. Bougere ...
Sheik
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Pancetta Leaky
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Happy Franks
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Maxine
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Detective Marco
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Johnny Leguard
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The Veiled Queen
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Meistrich
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Mr. Sparks, the Tennis Pro
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Mrs. Essendine
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Emily Essendine
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Stewardess with Luggage
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Captain
Christopher Pomeroy ...
Steward
Sarah McCord ...
Stewardess with the Queen
Lewis J. Stadlen ...
Bandleader
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Woman at Bar with Pills
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Woman with Captain
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Older Man who Drops Dead
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Bartender with Big Glass
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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Audition Director (uncredited)
Clint Atkinson ...
Theater Husband (uncredited)
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Shipmate (uncredited)
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Drummer (uncredited)
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The Escort (uncredited)
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Shipmate (uncredited)
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Young Mother on Central Park Boathouse Lawn (uncredited)

Directed by

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Stanley Tucci

Written by

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Stanley Tucci ... (written by)

Produced by

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Elizabeth W. Alexander ... producer
Jonathan Filley ... executive producer
Stanley Tucci ... producer

Music by

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Gary DeMichele

Cinematography by

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Ken Kelsch

Film Editing by

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Suzy Elmiger

Editorial Department

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Fred Heid ... color timer
Zeborah Tidwell ... associate editor
Noel Dowd ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Ellen Lewis

Production Design by

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Andrew Jackness

Art Direction by

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Chris Shriver

Set Decoration by

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Catherine Davis

Costume Design by

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Juliet Polcsa

Makeup Department

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Verne Caruso ... assistant hair stylist
Victor DeNicola ... key hair stylist (as Victor Denicola)
Rita Ogden ... assistant makeup artist
Carla White ... key makeup artist
Johann Benét ... makeup artist (uncredited)
Linda Grimes ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Jonathan Filley ... unit production manager
Margo Myers ... production supervisor
Charlie Vogel ... post-production supervisor (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lisa Janowski ... second assistant director
Bryan Kent ... second second assistant director (as Brian York)
Justin Muller ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Gary Aharoni ... assistant property master
Andre Belgrader ... artistic consultant (as Andrei Belgrader)
James Bono ... property assistant
Deirdre Brennan ... set decorating coordinator (as Deirdre Kinney-Brennan)
Anne Carroll ... shop production assistant
Thomas Costabile ... construction coordinator (as Tom Costabile)
Ernie Foster ... scenic foreman (as Ernest Foster)
Joseph Garzero ... charge scenic artist
Bruce Lee Gross ... lead man (as Bruce Gross)
Ross Huttick ... on-set dresser
Jeff Mazzola ... property master
Carlos Menéndez ... assistant art director (as Carlos Menendez)
Monique Mitchell ... foreman grip
Victor Morales ... scenic shop foreman
Myron Odegaard ... construction electrician
Rudy Pelikan ... construction foreman
Leslie Saulter-Yacuk ... camera scenic artist (as Leslie Salter-Yacuk)
Rob Schmitt ... construction key grip (as Robert Schmitt)
Lauri Blaire Schulman ... art department coordinator
Bruce Swanson ... set dresser
Steve Swanson ... set dresser (as Stephen Swanson)
Robert Vaccariello ... stand-by carpenter
Denis Zack ... assistant lead man
Paul Camarro ... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael Herlihy ... carpenter (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gina Alfano ... adr editor (as Gina R. Alfano)
Michael Barry ... re-recording mixer
Benjamin Cheah ... foley supervisor (as Ben Cheah)
Marko A. Costanzo ... foley artist (as Marko Costanzo)
Robert Hein ... supervising sound editor (as Bob Hein)
George Leong ... boom operator
Sylvia Menno ... dialogue editor
Richard Murphy ... cable person / second boom operator
Mary Ellen Porto ... adr editor
Will Ralston ... foley editor (as Jennifer Ralston)
Clete Ritta ... foley engineer
Jac Rubenstein ... dialogue editor
Melanie Ryder ... assistant sound editor
William Sarokin ... sound mixer
Steven Visscher ... foley editor (as Steve Visscher)
David Wahnon ... assistant sound editor

Stunts

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G.A. Aguilar ... stunt coordinator (as George Aguilar)
B.H. Barry ... stunts
Blaise Corrigan ... stunts
Douglas Crosby ... stunts
Lizzie Olesker ... stunts (as Elizabeth J. Olesker)
Felipe Savahge ... stunts (as Felipe Sazahge)
Terry Serpico ... stunts
Al Thompson ... stunts
Susan Trout ... stunts
Gary Warner ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Bill Almeida ... best boy electric (as William Almeida)
Sam Burrell ... key rigging grip
Fred Cohen ... rigging gaffer
Jon Delgado ... generator operator
Joseph Donohue ... key rigging grip (as Joe Donohue)
Steve Drellich ... camera operator
Scott Eberle ... best boy grip
Bill Foley ... still photographer
Paul Gilly ... electrician
Charlie Grubbs ... electrician: Murdoch Hall
Jim Jacobs ... dolly grip (as James Jacob)
Robert Kummert ... key grip (as Rob Kummert)
Todd Lichtenstein ... electrician
Dennis A. Livesey ... first assistant camera
Jim McConkey ... steadicam operator (as James McConkey)
Robert Pokonski ... electrician (as Bob Pokonski)
Eileen Schreiber ... camera trainee
Phil Testa ... gaffer
Stephen Treadway ... second assistant camera
David Tumblety ... electrician (as Dave Tumblety)
Justin Vanson ... company grip
Franz Yeich ... company grip
Jim Galvin ... electrician (uncredited)

Casting Department

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Byron Crystal ... extras casting
Marcia DeBonis ... casting associate (as Marcia Debonis)
Vivian Hasbrouk ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tommy Boyer ... costumer
Cheryl Kilbourne-Kimpton ... wardrobe supervisor
Marcia Patten ... wardrobe supervisor
Lauren Press ... assistant costume designer

Location Management

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Charles Furer ... location scout
Sam Hutchins ... location manager
Andrew McDade ... location assistant
Rose Viggiano ... location assistant: Murdoch Hall
Joseph Zolfo ... assistant location manager

Music Department

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Lisandro Adrover ... musician: tango music
Miguel Bertero ... musician: tango music
Steve Borne ... music editor
John Bowes ... musician: original score
Luis Bravo ... musician: tango music
Margot Core ... music supervisor
Domingo Diani ... musician: tango music
John Head ... music consultant
Fernando Marzan ... musician: tango music
Paul Maslin ... musician: original score
Jeffrey Mickus ... musician: original score (as Jeff Mickus)
Leonardo Suarez Paz ... musician: tango music
Henry Salgado ... musician: original score
Brian Sandstrum ... musician: original score
Gisburg Smialek ... assistant music editor
Miriam Sturm ... musician: original score
Craig Williams ... music engineer
Washington Williman ... musician: tango music
Gary DeMichele ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Brian Maxwell ... transportation captain
Donald Sweeney ... transportation co-captain

Other crew

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Jo Andres ... choreographer
Jim Carden ... payroll accountant
Lisa Cofini ... post-production accountant
Wendy Cohen ... product placement
Jennifer Craig ... assistant: Mr. Tucci and Ms. Alexander
Mary Gambardella ... script supervisor
Ellen Gannon ... production coordinator
Alicia Haldenwang ... production secretary
Kenneth M. Kroll ... production accountant
Colin MacLellan ... key set production assistant (as Colin A.J. Maclellan)
Karen Mahan ... set production assistant
Kiersten Pilar Miller ... set production assistant
Andy Muller ... set production assistant
Riaz Patel ... production assistant
Ian Roumain ... set production assistant
Patricia Story ... unit publicist (as Pat Story)
Susan Strine ... assistant accountant
Anita Sum ... assistant production coordinator
Troy Thomas ... security officer
Andrew Vogliano ... assistant: Mr. Filley
Will Wilder ... parking coordinator
James Janowsky ... craft service (uncredited)
Claudia Lewis ... production executive (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

In an attempt to resurrect the slapstick comedy of Laurel and Hardy or The Marx Brothers, Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt team-up as two out-of-work actors who accidentally stowaway on a ship to hide from a drunken, belligerent lead actor who has sworn to kill them for belittling his talents. Of course, the lead actor end up on the ship as well. Also, a madman (Tony Shalhoub) plots the destruction of the ship and Steve Buscemi is a depressed, suicidal lounge singer named Happy Frank. Written by John Sacksteder

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Taglines Now the time has come...to act. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Ship of Fools (United States)
  • Les imposteurs (France)
  • The Impostors - Zwei Hochstapler in Not (Germany)
  • Los impostores (Spain)
  • Oi tsarlatanoi (Greece)
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Runtime
  • 101 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $308,767, 04 Oct 1998

Did You Know?

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Trivia Stanley Tucci and Oliver Platt first met at Yale University where they developed the characters of the two unemployed actors that they play in this film. See more »
Goofs When Happy Franks sits at the bar and sees the sleeping pills, the bottle has the address printed on it, including the ZIP code. ZIP codes were not used until 1963. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Episode #2.11 (2003). See more »
Soundtracks Tango Music See more »
Crazy Credits As the closing credits roll, the entire cast performs a line dance, starting on the ocean liner set and working their way out of the soundstage. See more »
Quotes Maurice: [mocking Burtom] He has blustered his way to success on the backs of the great supporting players for too long and it's time for us to make a stand and say: 'No, no, Burtom! Be gone!' It is time for us to say: 'No, boozy boy! Bye bye, Burtom, bad boy! Have at thee boy! Boozy, boozy boy! Greasy boy! Saggy farty boy! I poke you! I poke you! I poke you!' Something like that.
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