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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.

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Jerzy Skolimowski

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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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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.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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Mono

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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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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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Boring and Annoying
7 May 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The US Coast Guard Captain Miller (Klaus Maria Brandauer) brings his estranged teenage son Alex (Michael Lyndon) on board of his anchored lightship and introduces him to the crew. When they see a boat with three men adrift, the crew brings them to the boat. The leader Calvin Caspary (Robert Duvall) introduces the deranged brothers Eddie (Arliss Howard) and Gene (William Forsythe) to Captain Miller and his crew and soon they overtake the command of the lightship. Alex and the crew is in larger number and wants to resist but Captain Miller has a trauma from his past and wants to protect his men.

"The Lightship" is a boring, annoying and overrated film about a US Coast Guard ship that is overtaken by criminals and the lack of action of her captain that does not want to endanger his crew. There is also a conflict between the captain and his son that believes he is a coward. There are many situations where the crew could easily defeat the criminals that the movie is ridiculous. The duel between the traumatized captain and the nihilist boss of the gangsters is also terrible. The motives of the criminals are not clear. My vote is two.

Title (Brazil): "Ataque em Alto Mar" ("Attack in High Sea")


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