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Lakeboat (2000)

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Critic Consensus: Though not much happens plot-wise, Lakeboat still has a lot to offer for fans of Mamet.

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Renowned character actor Joe Mantegna makes his directorial debut with this film adaptation of one of David Mamet's first plays, boasting such onscreen talent as Peter Falk, Charles Durning, and Robert Forster. Based on Mamet's experiences of working on Great Lake freighters while a grad student, the film centers on Dale (Tony Mamet, David's brother), an Ivy League college kid working on the Seaway Queen on an internship one summer. Though his romantic vision of life on the sea is soon dashed, he befriends a half-dozen members of the world-weary crew and learns about the unexpectedly rich -- and occasionally tragic -- lives they lead. This film premiered at the 2000 Los Angeles Independent Film Festival.

Cast

Robert Forster
as Joe Pitko
Denis Leary
as Fireman
George Wendt
as Collins
Tony Mamet
as Dale Katzman
Roberta Angelica
as Prostitute
Saul Rubinek
as Cuthman
Andy Garcia
as Guigliani
Diane Fabian
as Janice (age 50)
Lori Gordon
as Janice (age 18)
Steven Grayhm
as Fred (age 18)
Jason Jazrawy
as Joe Litko (age 20)
Patrick Patterson
as Janice's Husband
Charles Seixas
as Fred's Uncle
Peter Falk
as Pierman
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Critic Reviews for Lakeboat

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (17)

Based on Mamet's experience as a freighter on the Great Lakes while a grad English lit student, Mantegna's screen version is so dramatically inert and artistically shapeless resulting in an uninvolving memory film.

August 28, 2006 | Rating: C
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Mamet's fixation on language is ... more effective onstage than onscreen, where the technical and visual requirements distract from the sounds of the words -- the heart of Mamet's work.

September 23, 2002 | Full Review…

Watching it, you come to understand what it is that Mamet has been true to all these years.

March 7, 2002 | Rating: 4/5

As drama, it's not much; as a meditation on language and storytelling, it's a treat.

January 4, 2002 | Full Review…

A first-rate movie made from one of David Mamet's lesser plays.

December 7, 2001 | Full Review…

Where Mantegna succeeds is in providing a forum for some great acting.

December 6, 2001

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