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Lifeboat

(DVD - 2005)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Lifeboat
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When an their vessel is torpedoed in the Atlantic Ocean during WWII, eight survivors find refuge in a lifeboat. Short on food and water, their situation is further complicated when they rescue a crew member from the German submarine that sank their ship.
Statement of Responsibility: Twentieth Century-Fox ; [story] by John Steinbeck ; screen play by Jo Swerling ; produced by Kenneth MacGowan ; directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Title: Lifeboat
[videorecording]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2005]
Edition: Special ed
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Originally released as a motion picture in 1944
Special features: Audio commentary by USC film professor Drew Casper; "The making of 'Lifeboat'" featurette; exclusive still photo gallery
Credits: Director of photography, Glen MacWilliams ; art directors, James Baferi, Maurice Ransford ; editor, Dorothy Spencer ; music, Hugo W. Friedhofer ; costume designer, Rene Hubert.
Performers: Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson, John Hodiak, Henry Hull, Heather Angel, Hume Cronyn, Canada Lee.
Summary: When an their vessel is torpedoed in the Atlantic Ocean during WWII, eight survivors find refuge in a lifeboat. Short on food and water, their situation is further complicated when they rescue a crew member from the German submarine that sank their ship.
Audience: MPAA rating Not rated
System Details: DVD, region 1, full screen (1.33:1) presentation; Dolby Digital stereo., Dolby Digital mono
Other Language: In English with optional subtitles in English and Spanish
Closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Survival at sea Drama World War, 1939-1945 Drama
Genre/Form: Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Survival at sea
World War, 1939-1945
Publisher No: 2227226
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE L
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Oct 24, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Do not miss seeing Alfred Hitchcock's classic film "Lifeboat". It takes place in World War II and is the story of nine ship survivors. The book was written by John Steinbeck, which was a switch from his writings of Monterey, California and the migrant workers of the 1930's. Here he looks at war and who is the enemy. It is a wonderful script with a great cast. Hitchcock focuses on the isolation within the lifeboat and the struggle to be the leader of the small lifeboat. An all time Hitchcock masterpiece that has been enjoyed for generations.

Jun 06, 2014
  • noluckboston rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this film and a story often told about the film. "During filming, several crew members noted that Tallulah Bankhead was not wearing underwear. When advised of this situation, Alfred Hitchcock observed, 'I don't know if this is a matter for the costume department, makeup, or hairdressing.' "

Jun 06, 2014
  • rslade rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Slow pace, but excellent acting. Even though set in wartime, much of the tension is applicable in any similar disaster.

Feb 11, 2014
  • PatrickLongworth1969 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A pretty good film of people coming to share a lifeboat and of the struggle to survive stormy seas, desolate areas and the actions of an untrustworthy companion.

Jun 13, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A classic WWII pressure cooker from Steinbeck and Hitchcock, with the tension building as the eight captive Allies find the Nazi more and more unsavory. Tallulah Bankhead reminded me of Bette Davis (or was it vice versa...?) On a side note, I'd need a helluva lot more than half a pint of brandy to knock me out if someone was going to amputate my leg with a Buck knife... Look for Hitchcock's ingeniously creative (and mandatory) cameo in a newspaper ad for "Reduco Obesity Slayer".

Jul 11, 2012
  • btmslt rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

An interesting mix of people trapped together.

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Mar 17, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Connie Porter: "...Dying together's even more personal than living together."

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