|Directed by||Jerzy Skolimowski|
|Produced by||Bill Benenson|
|Screenplay by||William Mai|
|Based on||The Lightship|
by Siegfried Lenz
|Starring|| Robert Duvall |
Klaus Maria Brandauer
|Music by||Stanley Myers|
|Edited by||Scott Hancock|
|Distributed by||Castle Hill Productions|
The Lightship is a 1985 American drama film directed by Jerzy Skolimowski. The film stars Klaus Maria Brandauer and Robert Duvall, with early appearances from Arliss Howard and William Forsythe.
The film is based on the novella "Das Feuerschiff" ("The Lightship" in German) by German author Siegfried Lenz which had previously been made into a 1963 German film of the same title. This was the last film done by CBS Theatrical Films, who had gone out of business in November 1985. Subsequently, this film was distributed by Castle Hill Productions just nine months after the studio's closure.
The story follows the crew of a small ship run by a man named Miller. On a small cruise out to sea, the ship is overtaken by three criminals, one of them is Caspary. Just when they think the ship will be their haven, the criminals find themselves battling the crew for control of the vessel.
One of the main plot strings is the conflict between the Captain (Brandauer) and his son. The son wants to attack the criminals and subdue them, Captain Miller is against any such action. His son sees this as cowardice, but in reality Miller feels his duty is to protect the lives of his crew, as they are more important than apprehending the criminals for the authorities.
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