- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 24, 2002
- Originally Released: 2001
- Label: MTI Home Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Additional Release Material:
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Bonus Trailers
- Scene Access
- Interactive Menus: Full-Motion Menus
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 04/13/2001
"...[LAKEBOAT] affords a glimpse of what separates Mr. Mamet from the world of his characters..."
Rolling Stone - 05/10/2001
"...[Robert Forster] stands out in a blazing, award-caliber performance as Joe..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 06/01/2001
"...Beautifully filmed....[Tony Mamet] is appealing in the ingenue role, and he's surrounded by a marvelous ensemble....[Forster] etches a brilliant portrait..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 06/01/2001
"...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..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Film adaptation of David Mamet's comic play about a grad student who takes a summer job on a Great Lakes freighter and sees life through the eyes of his lowbrow crew members.
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.
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