Ship of Fools (1965)

Ship of Fools (1965)

Ship of Fools




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In this film, dwarf Michael Dunn speaks to the viewers directly and acts as a Greek chorus throughout the film. The film is set on the deck of an ocean liner travelling from Vera Cruz to Bremerhaven. The time is the 1930s, so close and yet so far from war.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Katherine Anne Porter, Abby Mann
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 2, 2003
Columbia Pictures


as La Condesa

as Dr. Schumann

as Mary Treadwell

as Tenny

as Rieber

as Capt. Thiele

as Lowenthal

as Frau Hutten

as Amparo

as Freytag

as Lt. Heebner

as Frau Schmitt

as Elsa

as Frau Lutz

as Pastora

as Fat Man

as Woodcarver

as Guitarist

as Religious Man

as Officer #2

as Student

as Steward

as Glocken
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Critic Reviews for Ship of Fools

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4)

Director-producer Stanley Kramer and scenarist Abby Mann have distilled the essence of Katherine Anne Porter's bulky novel in a film that appeals to the intellect and the emotions.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
Top Critic

Don't look now, but as you might expect with message-mad Kramer at the helm of this adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's novel, there's a heavy allegory aboard.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A powerful, ironic film.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

As glib as Stanley Kramer often is, there is probably nothing glibber in his entire output than this Abby Mann adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's novel.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Superb acting in an Abby Mann script that seldom descends into bathos.

Full Review… | November 7, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Prestigious and literary cinema at its most ponderous, transfer of Porter's novel to the the big screen by Kramer (the wrong director) is crude and pretentious, but some of the performances, particularly Signoret, Leigh and Dunn, are good.

Full Review… | July 30, 2007

Audience Reviews for Ship of Fools

A second class luxury liner leaves from Mexico on its way to Germany in the days before WWll. Onboard a cross-section of humanity ... and their afflictions ... there in the twilight zone that voyages can be and seeking resolutions when we know that resolutions are only a bedtime story we tell children, and ourselves. Uneven yet still compelling work.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Compelling, tragic character study. Superb acting by Signoret, Werner and Vivien Leigh.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Kind of like the Love Boat but with fools as opposed to lovers. This entourage film is delightfully funny despite the grim circumstances.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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