The Lightkeepers

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Set in the year 1912 on Cape Cod, a lighthouse keeper who has disavowed any association with females, must deal with the appearance of two attractive women who move into a nearby cottage for the summer --© New International Films

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Richard Dreyfuss
as Seth Atkins/Bascom
Blythe Danner
as Emeline Bascom
Tom Wisdom
as John Brown/Russell Brooks
Mamie Gummer
as Ruth Lowell
Bruce Dern
as Bennie D.
Julie Harris
as Mrs. Deacon
Stephen Russell
as Jedediah Snow
Ben Dreyfuss
as Grocery Boy
Theodora Greece
as Impressed Lady
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Critic Reviews for The Lightkeepers

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

  • However sad the dearth of substantial film roles for older actors, it's far sadder to watch them partake in anemic affairs like "The Lightkeepers," a lifeless period romance of the cutesy-cantankerous persuasion.

    Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Nothing if not consistent, Adams again shows an uncanny knack for marshaling ordinarily good actors into static, gauzy compositions and having them declaim dialogue like "By thunder!" and "If I'm confectionary with my women, drown me!"

    Dec 29, 2009 | Full Review…
  • While it's a feature of commendable morality and casting accomplishment, the filmmaker once again submits a bloodless viewing experience slavish to retro dramatic ambiance, while lacking the directorial chops required to keep it all awake.

    Nov 16, 2010 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • The Lightkeepers is bafflingly lame in execution: A number of cuts don't match, and the entire film has a herky-jerky stop-and-start lack of momentum.

    May 7, 2010 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A pleasant, if predictable, period piece to be savored as much for the breathtaking seascapes as for the deliberately-paced romantic roundelays.

    May 6, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lightkeepers

  • Jan 17, 2012
    Boy. I never thought that Richard Dreyfuss could ruin a movie, but this one he did. He was absolutely the wrong person for this part. His acting abilitles were terrible, over-the-top, and laughable. The surrounding cast was pretty good, however, and the story was nice. Too bad....
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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