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The Lightship (1985)

A trio of robbers, two brothers and their twisted genius leader, invade a lightship, but don't reckon on the crew fighting back.

Director:

Jerzy Skolimowski

Writers:

Siegfried Lenz (book), William Mai (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Michal Skolimowski Michal Skolimowski ... Alex (as Michael Lyndon)
Klaus Maria Brandauer ... Captain Miller
Tom Bower ... Coop
Robert Costanzo ... Stump
Tim Phillips Tim Phillips ... Thorne
Badja Djola ... Nate
Robert Duvall ... Calvin Caspary
William Forsythe ... Gene
Arliss Howard ... Eddie
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Storyline

Just when US Coast Guard captain Miller takes his teenage son Alex to his lightship off the coast of Virginia, Calvin Caspary and two criminal accomplices, on the run for the police, decide to hijack it. What the crazy trio didn't count on is that this small crew doesn't just keep taking it lying low, they will put up a fight. Alex hides dad's gun and wrestles his his war past and courage. Written by KGF Vissers

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The guiding light in a sea of treachery.

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killers at Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Schleswig-Holstein, Germany See more »

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CBS Theatrical Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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According to Dennis Schwarz's film review, "the film is told from the POV of the Michal Skolimowski (Alex Miller) character, who acts as narrator." See more »

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[first lines]
Alex: [narrating] My old man was a captain in the Coast Guard. We never saw too much of each other. Most of the time he was away at sea. But this time I was lucky. He made it to my graduation.
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Remade as Das Feuerschiff (2008) See more »

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Walk On By...
16 May 2002 | by iago-6See all my reviews

If you are tempted for any reason to rent this in, do not give in, as you will not be rewarded.

Duvall is interesting, as always, thought I wouldn't say GREAT.

Brandaur is... HOT (to my way of looking), and fine, but big deal.

The kid playing his son looks like a rejected member of A-Ha and acts about as well.

This is a thriller that is not remotely thrilling, and is very slow and wooden. It seems like there were a lot of ideas and subtext in the novel that they just didn't manage to get across in the film, so you're left with a curiously unemotional experience. There were precious few moments that made much of an impression at all.

I only watched this because I bought the video cheap and I'm into lighthouses and lightstations. If you are... still, trust me, avoid this.

Had potential, but... there are lots of other videos out there.

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