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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.

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Joe Mantegna

Writer:

David Mamet
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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A Journey To What Might Have Been. Mamet At His Most Powerful! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lake Boat See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$5,159

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,159
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

One of at least seven feature film collaborations of David Mamet with his actor half-brother Tony Mamet. The films are: 'Homicide' (1991), 'Redbelt' (2008), 'Spartan' (2004), 'Lakeboat' (2000), 'Phil Spector' (2013) (TV), 'State and Main' (2000), and 'The Spanish Prisoner' (1997). See more »

Goofs

Longshoremen are shown moving around bulk cargo on pallets when the ship is in port, despite the fact lakeboats are filled with coal, grain or iron ore. They never carry modular bulk cargo. See more »

Quotes

Joe Pitko: I knew a guy who ate a chair, just because nobody stopped him.
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Bless 'Em All
Written by Jimmy Hughes (as Jimmy Hughs), Al Stillman, and Frank Lake
Licensed through Sam Fox Publishing Co. Inc.
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Poorly Done
15 February 2004 | by gaffertape2002See all my reviews

One would think that having worked with David Mamet for so many years, Joe Mantegna would have a superb understanding of Mamet-speak. Mamet's dialog requires a certain rhythm, or cadence to make it work, and despite the high caliber actors involved in this project, I didn't feel that many of them pulled it off very well. Denis Leary and Robert Forster seemed to get it, but everyone else around them seemed very stilted, and the dialog seemed truly forced. Mamet is fascinated by the dance of dialog, and if the cast won't dance, it doesn't work.


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