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1,024 Ratings


Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
United States, 1944
War, Drama


Several survivors of a torpedoed ship find themselves in the same boat with one of the men who sunk it.

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Lifeboat Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1945 | 3 nominations including: Best Cinematography, Black-and-White

National Board of Review

1944 | Winner: Top Ten Films

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1944 | Winner: Best Actress

What are people saying?

  • Warren Spratley's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Sublime. We get so many symbols early on, remnants of society removed from their context, slowly moving through that immense nothingness represented by the sea. Here is a film entirely about the way people(all people) within cultures force meaning onto what is around them. Hitchcock removes his characters' sense of environmental familiarity as a manner of examining whether there is any innate meaning to humanity

  • Dzimas's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Hitch got into some hot water over this movie. For one, he seemed to making fun at the expense of WWII, and, second, he made his German character more than just a simple dope, at a time when one's patriotism was easily questioned. As a result Hitch had to pay penance by making a couple of propaganda films for the US state department. So the story goes.

  • mjgildea's rating of the film Lifeboat

    4 1/2 out of 5 stars. A grossly underappreciated Hitchcock gem. Despite the limited scenery, there are some gorgeous shots (namely of an increasingly foxy Tallulah Bankhead) and great performances from an impressive cast. The story moves forward magnificently once it gets past the front-ended horror, A great piece of WWII propaganda also.

  • chanandre's rating of the film Lifeboat

    (Kino: Film)[Cinémathèque PT '07 #103: 35 mm]//Eureka BD re-watch (2017): "Some of my best friends are...". Rosie won't dance with Gus no mo'. Connie did like plenty Kovac's ink'd chest. Bracelet will not resurface. CJ is al talk. Nazis are the cleverest. Joe has an Anthem-like voice. Steinbeck only dreamt of America+America: Washington-syndrome indeed. Buñuel was right all along. Still a great movie. Tallulah is ❤

  • A.B. II: The Return's rating of the film Lifeboat

    In my view, this is one of Hitchcock's most underappreciated masterworks. Besides being a prime showcase for his talents as a visual storyteller and handler of claustrophobic settings, the Master utilizes every suspenseful element of the story, from the survival aspect to the mysterious and unpredictable Willi. Add in all the engaging dramatic subplots, and you a thoroughly gripping piece of cinema.

  • SpacePirate's rating of the film Lifeboat

    I love the claustrophobic feel of this film. Hitch really hit full stride in the late 30s-early 40s. Cronyn is great in his supporting role. Really the entire cast adds subtleties to their characters which make the film memorable. At times this feels more like a noir than a Hitch thriller, due to the overwhelming sense of dread. Somewhat weak ending prevents me from giving a full 5. 4.5 stars

  • Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Hitchcock strips humans of their clothes, removing rational thought and logic, leaving only the basic hungers. As the film moves, the characters and I walk into insanity and deterioration together.

  • AKFilmFan's rating of the film Lifeboat

    Only Hitchcock could successfully execute a film like this one. Not only does it deal with heavy subject matter but the emphasis on the characters and how they interact makes the film go by so quickly without leaving the boat (and without music).

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