DVD Lakeboat (DVD 28832),
back to browsing


  • R
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Veteran character actor Joe Mantegna makes his directorial debut with this big screen adaptation of David Mamet's semi-autobiographical play about a young man who learns some valuable life lessons aboard a ship one summer. Dale Katzman (Tony Mamet), an eager grad student in his early twenties, joins the crew aboard the Seaway Queen, a freight boat crossing Lake Michigan. Settling into his new world, he meets the crew: the bickering Skippy (Charles Durning), the storytelling Pierman (Peter Falk), the porn-loving Fireman (Denis Leary), the loudmouthed Stan (J.J. Johnston), and the sensitive Joe (Robert Forster). As the summer unfolds, Dale listens readily to the endless stories, arguments, and jokes that spew forth from the belligerent mouths of the lonely crewmembers. Eventually, Dale's honest, amiable presence cracks the hard surface of Joe, who shares a story that will remain with Dale forever.

    Mantegna, a Mamet regular, allows his actors to find the humanity in their characters, breathing life into the film's potentially stagey environment. The relentlessly crackling dialogue, both crude and hysterical, is pure Mamet, expressing repressed male behavior with an honesty (and vulgarity) that most writers dare not put down on the page. As the weathered Joe, Forster turns in another heartbreaking performance, which adds poignancy to the film's otherwise lighthearted tone.
    • Rating - strong language and some sexual content
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): MTIE8111-DVD

  • Credits
    Charles Durning, Peter Falk, Robert Forster, Robert Foster, Denis Leary, George Wendt
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[LAKEBOAT] affords a glimpse of what separates Mr. Mamet from the world of his characters..."
    New York Times

    "...[Robert Forster] stands out in a blazing, award-caliber performance as Joe..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Beautifully filmed....[Tony Mamet] is appealing in the ingenue role, and he's surrounded by a marvelous ensemble....[Forster] etches a brilliant portrait..."
    Movieline's Hollywood Life

    "...LAKEBOAT was the 10th play by David Mamet to be produced, but it feels like the wellspring. Here in the rough, awkward, poetic words of the crew members of a Lake Michigan ore boat, he finds the cadences that would sound through his work..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

0 Stars 0 average rating
Out of Stock
Our price $24.95
Add to wishlist

What viewers like you said...

Have you seen this movie? Be the first to write a review

Also suggested for you...

  • buy now for


  • buy now for


  • buy now for


  • buy now for