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The Boatniks (1970)

G | | Family, Comedy | 1 July 1970 (USA)
Young and awkward, U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Thomas Garland suffers from constant comparison with his late father, a war hero. Thomas falls for pretty Kate Fairchild, a young woman who runs a... See full summary »


Norman Tokar


Arthur Julian (screen story and screenplay), Martin Roth (story) (as Marty Roth)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Morse ... Ensign Garland
Stefanie Powers ... Kate
Phil Silvers ... Harry Simmons
Norman Fell ... Max
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Charlie
Wally Cox ... Jason
Don Ameche ... Commander Taylor
Joey Forman ... Lt. Jordan
Vito Scotti ... Pepe Galindo
Tom Lowell ... Wagner
Bob Hastings ... Chief Walsh
Sammy Jackson Sammy Jackson ... Garlotti
Joe E. Ross ... Nutty Sailor
Judith Jordan ... Tina
Al Lewis ... Bert


Young and awkward, U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Thomas Garland suffers from constant comparison with his late father, a war hero. Thomas falls for pretty Kate Fairchild, a young woman who runs a sailing school. Thomas's awkward attempts to makes moves on Kate repeatedly backfire, and things go from bad to worse when a trio of clumsy jewel thieves interferes. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Ashore or afloat, they're rocking the boat! See more »


Family | Comedy


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Release Date:

1 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marineros sin brújula See more »


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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The picture was notable for featuring a flotilla of a numerous number of different types boats and sea vessels. See more »


Written by Bruce Belland and Robert F. Brunner
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I was surprised when I discovered this movie
1 May 2003 | by brycenielsenSee all my reviews

I thought I had seen just about every Disney live action film from the 60's and 70's but I had never even heard of this one till I saw it on the shelf at the public library. I really enjoyed it. You've got your klutzy Coast Guard ensign Thomas Garland, a nice boating instructor girl who helps him out of his jams, and the very well-acted trio of jewel thieves. Plus some interesting minor characters as well. I particularly enjoyed watching Phil Silvers boss around his two crook associates and always seemed to get out of doing any work himself - it was very in character with his cheating and taking advantage of people in his other role I have seen, in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. The only downside for me was that I usually watch films that have a lot of recognizable names (at least for a Disney live-action fan) and Silvers was the only one I could place, and not in a Disney film. I recognized the names of Mickey Shaughnessy, Norman Fell, and Don Ameche as Ensign Garland's superior but didn't know from where until I did some research. I give it an 8 for a very enjoyable story.

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