Overall Rank: 1435
Average Rating: 2.9/4
# of Ratings: 68
Theatrical Release Date: 01/12/1944
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 10/14/2008
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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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 …
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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