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24 Ratings

The Lightship

Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski
United States, 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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The Lightship Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1985 | 3 wins including: Best Actor (Golden Ciak)

What are people saying?

  • nrh's rating of the film The Lightship

    A compromised film - the faltering voices and b list supporting actors, the terrible score, the clumsy voice-over - but those compromises can't overweigh the clarity of the filming, the commitment of the central performances, and the crucial fact that more people should set movies on boats, god dammit.

  • dionysus67's rating of the film The Lightship

    A thoroughly accomplished, and minimalist in a sense, drama set in the dull deck of a lightship. The stasis of the ship is turned exquisitely by Skolimowski into a psychological index of the captain's secret past, which is painfully disclosed by the gentlemansesque mannerisms of a thug. As a closed system the ship turns into a jungle and the quietude of the finale into existential solitude. Superbly acted too!

  • FISCHER's rating of the film The Lightship

    Huis clos saisissant entre les principaux protagonistes (un capitaine d'origine allemande, son fils en mal de communication, un cuisinier noir, quelques hommes d'équipage) et les dangereux malfaiteurs. Une oeuvre puissante et superbe, d'une intense densité émotionnelle, dominée par l'exceptionnelle prestation de Robert Duvall et l'étonnante présence de Michael Lyndon, efficace et sobre...

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