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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • LIFEBOAT is an intense thriller crafted around the psychological drama produced when eight unlikely companions are thrown together by drastic circumstance. The exceptional performances of its ensemble cast make it a classic, one credited with reviving Tallulah Bankhead's career. After a German U-boat torpedoes their ship, several survivors find themselves together in a lifeboat. Each is of a distinctly different background: Tallulah Bankhead's character, the radiant Constance Porter, is a famed fashion writer; others include tycoon Charles Rittenhouse (Henry Hull), marxist seaman John Kovac (John Hodiak), Stanley Garret (Hume Cronyn), a radio operator, a wounded furnace stoker, a nurse, a grieving mother, and a porter. The group is joined by the commander of the German U-boat (Walter Slezak), which was itself sunk in the exchange. Choosing to take him aboard as a gesture of humanity, and for the sake of his seafaring skills, proves to be a fateful decision. Production was done almost entirely in studio, using a range of specialized water sets and props to allow Hitchcock to achieve the camera angles he wanted while employing rear-projected seascapes shot off the coast of Florida.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2227226

  • Credits
    Tallulah Bankhead, William Bendix, Walter Slezak, Mary Anderson, Henry Hill, John Hodiak, Heather Angel, Hume Cronyn, Canada Lee, Lionel Canegata
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Hitchcock broke the champagne bottle on the [liferaft] subgenre....Carries a vigilante chill..." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    4 stars out of 4 -- "LIFEBOAT convinces us completely of its sincerity and urgency."

    "Based on a Steinbeck novella, the film is both an allegory about the need for unity to combat Nazism and a technological marvel..." -- Grade: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    5 stars out of 5 -- "[P]ure cinema, with every shot finding a different angle."

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