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Lakeboat (2000)

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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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Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fejezetek egy hajónaplóból See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Project was previously in development with Prelude Pictures and Neufeld/Rehme Productions. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Soundtracks

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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Mamet magic
15 April 2001 | by penn65000See all my reviews

This film was brimming with brisk, witty dialogue, and nuanced performances. Robert Forster and Charles Durning, in particular, stood out. Forster has an incredible humanity about him. What is so appealing about Mamet's films and plays is that the dialogue is so rapidfire, the actors don't have time to well, um, act. As a result (and, most likely, also due to masterful direction) they live in the moment. It is ironic that the result of such a word-intensive piece is profound simplicity.

Don't understand why this isn't getting wider distribution.


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