Lifeboat

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Released 1944

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Director:
Alfred Hitchcock
Released:
1944
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Lifeboat is a film about an eclectic group of individuals who find themselves stranded on a lifeboat in the ocean. Their ship was attacked by a German U-boat, and after both vessels sink, a handful of American and British survivors suddenly become dependent on one another for survival. Koviac (John Hodiak) initially assumes a leadership role, but his position is usurped by Willi (Walter Slezak), a German who is reluctantly allowed on board by the other survivors. Willi turns out to be extremely knowledgeable about sea survival and convinces the others that their only hope for rescue is to aim their boat toward a nearby German supply ship. Although the others go along with his plan, they do not realize Willi's true identity or his hidden motives for steering them to a new destination. Lifeboat was directed by Alfred Hitchcock and is based on a novel by John Steinbeck. It was nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Original Motion Picture Story.

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  • 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    The suspense is pulse tearing, but Hitchcock, in a movie made explicitly for the war effort, gives it an extra edge. Also, in his favorite and most ingenious cameo role, Hitch solv...

  • 100

    Slant Magazine

    Lifeboat is actually much more complicated than it first appears. Its emphasis on moral debates in dialogue can seem a little dry, but Hitchcock's shifting sympathies guarantee our...

  • 80

    IGN

    Where its successors might interpret or imitate its achievement of making a movie set in a confined space, Hitchcock evokes more important questions - many of them without answers ...

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