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The Lightship Details

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Before entering this story of a battle between the ostensible forces of good over evil, viewers should know that a lightship is a floating lighthouse, anchored in dangerous waters to warn other ships away. The German-American Captain Miller ([[Performer~P82796~Klaus Maria Brandauer~klausmariabrandauer]]) is in charge of one such lightship and is haunted by the memory of leaving some Americans to die at sea in World War II while he chose to go after a German U-boat. Miller was free of all wrong-doing technically, but he cannot forget the results of his decision. One night, with his son illegally on board, Miller takes on the sailors of another boat before a severe storm hits -- a mistake. The rescued men are modern-day pirates, gang members out to meet another ship and pick up some illicit cargo. From the moment they are taken on board, the thugs and their leader Caspary ([[Performer~P88530~Robert Duvall~robertduvall]]) are at war with the crew and Captain Miller for control of the lightship. This story was adapted from a novella by Siegfried Lenz, and both [[Performer~P82796~Brandauer~klausmariabrandauer]] and [[Performer~P88530~Duvall~robertduvall]] give stellar performances in their dueling roles. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

  • Release date:September 26, 1986

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Venice International Film Festival Jerzy Skolimowski Special Prize 1985 Winner

Crew

Jerzy Skolimowski
Director
Moritz Borman
Producer
Bill Benenson
Producer
William Mai
Screenwriter
Charly Steinberger
Cinematographer
Hans Zimmer
Composer (Music Score)
Stanley Myers
Composer (Music Score)
Barrie Vince
Editor
Holger Gross
Art Director
Andreas Grosch
Unit Production Manager
Siegfried Lenz
Short Story Author
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