Ship of Fools 1965

Ship of Fools

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When an eclectic group of passengers boards a cruise ship bound for prewar Germany, they form a microcosm of 1930s society. One passenger, a mysterious countess (Simone Signoret), is headed for a German prison camp. The charming Dr. Schumann (Oskar Werner) harbors a debilitating heart condition. Then there's American divorcée Mary Treadwell (Vivien Leigh), who vainly attempts to outrun time itself. During their weeks at sea, the group forges bonds and rivalries, and unearths secrets.

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Critic Reviews for Ship of Fools

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Audience Reviews for Ship of Fools

  • Mar 18, 2014
    Kind of like the Love Boat but with fools as opposed to lovers. This entourage film is delightfully funny despite the grim circumstances.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2011
    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. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2007
    Compelling, tragic character study. Superb acting by Signoret, Werner and Vivien Leigh.
    jay n Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2007
    Very well written and well acted.
    Morris N Super Reviewer

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