Lifeboat Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 1438

Average Rating: 2.9/4

# of Ratings: 68

Theatrical Release Date: 01/12/1944

Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 10/14/2008

Language: English

Genre: Thriller, War

MPAA Rating: NR

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Actors: Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Hume Cronyn, Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson, Henry Hull

Plot: Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

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dukeakasmudge - wrote on 10/02/2011

What a great movie!!!

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Ghost Seed - wrote on 06/23/2008

Brilliant, breath taking writing. Why this does not get talked about more, or pop up on more critics "top" lists is beyond me. A Classic example of "less is more" and creatively making the most of what you've got. The story is compelling, thrilling, each character rich and interesting (particularly Tallulah Bankhead as Connie Porter) and it manages to pull off an entertaining twist while taking place on a tiny lifeboat out at sea. Shot in beautiful black and white, it's quite easy on the eyes with composition that is near flawless. The acting is amazing for what must have been an aggravating shoot. It's one of Hitch's absolute best.

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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 04/01/2013

The story of seven survivors namely columnist Connie Porter (Tallulah Bankhead), German Willi (Walter Slezak), Kovac (John Hodiak), a nurse, mother Alice, German-American Gus Smith (Bendix) and Rittenhouse (Hull) who ride on a boat whose ship was sunk. It may lack an appropriate soundtrack, realism (have they eaten well enough to survive?) and impressive sets but the screenplay, cinematography and performances deliver. So many quotable lines such as: "Dying together's even more personal than living together." "What are you gonna do with people like that?" and "Neither can a snake help being a rattlesnake if he's born a rattlesnake! That don't make him a nightingale!" The feels like 12 Angry Men at sea, people with various personalities trying ti decipher the best solutions. Lifeboat …

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Yojimbo - wrote on 05/10/2012

Hitchcock made a few propaganda pieces during the course of WWII, but this is easily the best. Based on a story by American novelist, John Steinbeck, the entire film takes place within the confines of a small lifeboat which serves as a microcosm reflecting the world affected by the war. The story revolves around the two main characters, Tallulah Bankhead's sassy reporter, and Walter Slezak's obsequious U-Boat captain, who is rescued after his submarine is sank during the battle. Bankhead plays a particularly strong character, devoid of the usual femme fatale traits that usually associated strong female leads during this period, perhaps nodding towards the changing role of women in society necessitated by the war. She seems to represent the role of America, initially acting only as …

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