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Lakeboat (2000)

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Release Date
 USA: Apr 13, 2000

MPAA Rating
Rated R for strong language and some sexual content.

Running Time
1 hour, 38 minutes

Country USA, Canada

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• Lakeboat



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Genre: Drama, Coming Of Age

Plot: Veteran character actor Joe Mantegna makes his directorial debut with this big screen adaptation of David Mamet's semi-autobiographical play about a young man who learns some valuable life lessons aboard a ship one summer. Dale Katzman (Tony Mamet), an eager grad student in his early twenties, joins the crew aboard the Seaway Queen, a freight boat crossing Lake Michigan. Settling into his new world, he meets the crew: the bickering Skippy (Charles Durning), the storytelling Pierman (Peter Falk), the porn-loving Fireman (Denis Leary), the loudmouthed Stan (J.J. Johnston), and the sensitive Joe (Robert Forster). As the summer unfolds, Dale listens readily to the endless stories, arguments, and jokes that spew forth from the belligerent mouths of the lonely crewmembers. Eventually, Dale's honest, amiable presence cracks the hard surface of Joe, who shares a story that will remain with Dale forever.

Mantegna, a Mamet regular, allows his actors to find the humanity in their characters, breathing life into the film's potentially stagey environment. The relentlessly crackling dialogue, both crude and hysterical, is pure Mamet, expressing repressed male behavior with an honesty (and vulgarity) that most writers dare not put down on the page. As the weathered Joe, Forster turns in

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 Directed by
Joe Mantegna
The Godfather: Part III, Three Amigos, Searching for Bobby Fischer
 Written by
David Mamet
Hannibal, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Edge
 Cast
Peter Falk
The Princess Bride, Shark Tale, The Sky Above Berlin
Denis Leary
Ice Age, A Bug's Life, The Thomas Crown Affair
Robert Forster
Mulholland Dr., Jackie Brown, Me, Myself & Irene
Andy Garcia
Ocean's Eleven, The Untouchables, Ocean's Twelve
Joe Mantegna
The Godfather: Part III, Three Amigos, Searching for Bobby Fischer
Charles Durning
O Brother, Where Art Thou?, The Sting, Tootsie
J.J. Johnston
Fatal Attraction, State and Main, The Spanish Prisoner
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 Music By
Bob Mamet
Necromancer, Family Reunion



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