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Lakeboat (2000)

R | | Drama | 13 April 2000 (USA)
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Film adaptation of David Mamet's comic play Lakeboat about a grad student who takes a summer job on a Great Lakes freighter and sees life through the eyes of his low-brow crew members.


Joe Mantegna


David Mamet
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Durning ... Skippy
Peter Falk ... The Pierman
Denis Leary ... The Fireman
Robert Forster ... Joe Pitko
J.J. Johnston ... Stan
Tony Mamet Tony Mamet ... Dale Katzman
Jack Wallace ... Fred
George Wendt ... First Mate Collins
Andy Garcia ... Guigliani
Roberta Angelica ... Prostitute
Diane Fabian Diane Fabian ... Janice, Age 50
Lori Gordon Lori Gordon ... Janice, Age 18
Steven Grayhm ... Fred, Age 18
Jason Jazrawy ... Joe Litko, Age 20
Patrick Patterson Patrick Patterson ... Janice's Husband


Coming-of-age tale set aboard a freighter traveling America's Great Lakes. Dale is an Ivy League college student who briefly joins a world-weary crew. Exposed to a seafaring lifestyle which falls short of his literary visions, Dale instead finds the experience rich in unexpected ways. The men's bravado and comical posturing gives way as their lively story-telling reveals more about their mythologized view of life than about what actually may have happened. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


The film's cast includes four Oscar nominees: Peter Falk, Charles Durning, Andy Garcia, and Robert Forster, whilst writer David Mamet is also an Academy Award nominee. See more »


When Collins is describing to Skippy the people photographing the hatch crane, he repeatedly says they were standing on the "boat deck." On a lake freighter, the deck containing the hatch covers and the hatch crane is called the "spar deck,' which one would expect a lakeboat officer to know. The "Boat Deck" is at the stern, one deck higher than the spar deck. It would be possible to see and photograph the hatch crane in operation from the boat deck on most lakers, but the company guests are shown standing next to the hatch cover, on the spar deck. See more »


Stan: Who is the most grotesque broad you ever fucked?
Fred: I'd have to think about that.
Stan: I'd like to know.
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Crazy Credits

In the final credits, the actor playing Guigliani is listed as HIMSELF, even though it should be "Andy Garcia." See more »


You've Got It Made
Written and Performed by Bobby Caldwell
Licensed through Bobby Caldwell Music/BMI and The Music Force/BMI
Courtesy of Sin-Drome Records, Ltd. and Lakeboat Productions, LLC
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A fine adaptation of an early David met play, driven by character, rather than plot
4 January 2002 | by mcnultySee all my reviews

LAKEBOAT for some will move as slowly as one of those ore-carrying vessels you see on the horizon from the shores of the Great Lakes. But for those wanting a relief from the frenzy of the many mindless action movies clogging our cineplexes, this Joe Montegna-directed adaptation 0of a 30-year old David Mamet play offers plenty of rewards. Rather than a coming of age film, as I've seen it described, it's really a tale in which a young grad student named Dale (played by David Mamet's brother), working on an ore boat for the summer, serves as a witness to a number of middle-aged and older crew members intent on educating their young companion. Much of their advice about handling women and sex is pretty awful, but amusing in the cocksure way in which it is dispensed to Dale--and to their good intentions in "helping" the naive boy. Most poignant of the crew is the book-reading Joe, who reveals to Dale a fact about his early life that he's told no one else--that as a boy he had dreamt of being a ballet dancer. Thinking about the direction which he chose for his own life, he tells Dale not only that he has his whole life ahead of him, but, a wonderful comment coming from a rough-hewn crew member, that he is a good man and a hard worker. Charles Durning and George Wendt are delightful as the ponderous First Mate (Captain) and second in command, as is Peter Falk as a pier worker.It seems such a crime that this film came to the Cincinnati area for just a week with no fanfare and left as quietly as it came. It desrves to find an audience, so I hope it soon will be released as an affordable video.

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