Ship of Fools (1965)
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as La Condesa
as Dr. Schumann
as Mary Treadwell
as Capt. Thiele
as Frau Hutten
as Lt. Heebner
as Frau Schmitt
as Frau Lutz
as Fat Man
as Religious Man
as Officer #2
Critic Reviews for Ship of Fools
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.
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.
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.
Superb acting in an Abby Mann script that seldom descends into bathos.
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.
Audience Reviews for Ship of Fools
Kind of like the Love Boat but with fools as opposed to lovers. This entourage film is delightfully funny despite the grim circumstances.
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.
Compelling, tragic character study. Superb acting by Signoret, Werner and Vivien Leigh.
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