Six men and three women - against the sea, and each other!
Several civilians are stranded in a lifeboat together after their ship is destroyed in combat. The survivors begin to clash when they pull a man out of the water who turns out to be a German from the U-boat who sunk them, and have to come to an agreement on what to do with him.
Tallulah, you WERE wonderful, darling!
Like when I reviewed Sunset Boulevard, and ended up spending most of that review talking about Gloria Swanson, it's going to be hard not to spend much of this review talking about the wonderful Tallulah Bankhead.
On the basis of this one magnificent performance, the only film of hers that I have seen to date, it has to be said that she can only be seen to have wasted most of her career. So entrancing, entertaining, charismatic, beautiful and brilliant is she here that on this one viewing alone it could be one of my film performances of its decade - or perhaps…
Hitchcock was not The Master just because he was the greatest director to ever live, but also because he knew how to tell a story.
The characters here are fantastic. Every one is unique and different, and has their own arc. They are all different at the end than they are at the beginning.
The film is also very rich with symbolism, and does a great job of showing loss. The most important thing to each person is taken away from them at some point in the movie.
The art of telling a story on film is truly a dying one.
PS: Happy Birthday, Alfred Hitchcock! Greatest film director to ever live.
In a word: Wow!
Some directors today can't make a decent film with a $200 Million budget and technology that lets them put anything they can imagine on film. Alfred Hitchcock could make a great film with as little as nine actors in a lifeboat and he did. Seriously, the entire setting of the film is in a lifeboat.
The amount of drama, suspense and tension Hitchcock is able to get with limited resources in this film is incredible. It shows a master filmmaker challenging himself and easily overcoming roadblocks that would have been a disaster for many other directors. There are scenes that are truly beautiful, heartbreaking and disturbing. In fact the film was nominated for Oscars…
Despite the heavy-handed jingoism, I quite liked this one. In stark contrast to the actual human beings of, say, Das Boot, we are expected to believe that each German soldier is just another interchangeable member of the Nazi party, all working toward the same evil goals. Not exactly the most nuanced portrait of humanity.
Still, the film is not without moral commentary on this, shown in one of the most chilling scenes I've seen lately.
While it lacks humor, it packs in the pure Hitch visuals - beautiful compositions, technical constraints, a focus on key objects. And the story is otherwise compelling and keeps you guessing (although perhaps it's because you think that it can't possibly be so one-sided).
Tense Hitchcock thriller about a batch of people stuck in a lifeboat trying to survive and get along. Made during WWII, this movie shows tense relations and theories of survival between the characters (one of whom is a German who should or should not be trusted). Hitchcockian suspense is aplenty even with the small cast and single set. He uses storms and human desperation to create big set pieces. Cast is wonderful especially Tallulah Bankhead. I hadn't seen this Hitchcock film before but I'm glad I finally caught it. It was a different kind of Hitchcock thriller yet still contained all of his trademarks.
Well acted and still impressive.
I knew nothing about Lifeboat before watching it, and I was pleasantly surprised by it, despite a few personal flaws.
I absolutely love films about paranoia between groups of people. The dialogue in this film is superb, pitting people against others, taking sides when really there is no good, but two bad sides. It reminded me greatly of the diner scene in The Birds, when the dialogue was intense the ideas were flowing in all different directions. And the way the isolation of being shipwrecked only intensified the head-butting between everyone. That is easily my favorite part about this film.
It was nice to see a German character portrayed as intelligent and strong in a time period when they were,…
This movie was considered a flop upon its release. Audiences and critics rejected it for its treatment and humanization of Nazis. But for a modern audience, this tale is a dramatic recreation of survival...and a little too long. Each character is memorable and the sheer amount of beautiful and unique frames Hitchcock squeezes out of one Lifeboat is nothing short of astonishing.
"Maybe they forgot the cream for the coffee"
Solid early Hitchcock. I'm a fan of films where people are isolated or stranded and this is certainly one of the better ones.
Containing everything you'd want from a film like this - mistrust, deceit and insanity; it mostly stays fresh and interesting.
It kind of dragged on a bit towards the end despite the mere 96 minute runtime but I suppose there's only so much that can be done when the entire movie is set on one boat.
The visuals and effects are stellar for a 70 year old movie and the cast is believable and well acted.
If you like movies about isolation and have yet to check this one out I highly recommend it.
Plays on the instinct of trust and humanity
Another very unique Hitchcock offering, taking place on a life boat after an American ship is exploded by a Nazi submarine missile. You can survive a boat sinking and the raging sea, but can you survive your fellow man? I love when directors restrict their skills and Hitchcock
steers this one well, making himself fresh again.
Funny, interesting, suspenseful and sometimes there's some creative camerawork too, which I enjoyed.
The script though has it's flaws, with some silly stereotypes and some rather weird plot devices, and plot developments at times. But it's not that bad and it manages to keep the characters and the dynamics within the group interesting throughout the film.
A solid piece of cinema from the Masters himself, and even though it's not among his, it certainly is entertaining.
it's amazing believe me and do watch it.
what do you think at the end of the movie???