as Joe Pitko
as Dale Katzman
as Janice (age 50)
as Janice (age 18)
as Fred (age 18)
as Joe Litko (age 20)
as Janice's Husband
as Fred's Uncle
Critic Reviews for Lakeboat
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.
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.
Watching it, you come to understand what it is that Mamet has been true to all these years.
As drama, it's not much; as a meditation on language and storytelling, it's a treat.
Where Mantegna succeeds is in providing a forum for some great acting.
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