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Ship of Fools

  • Film

Time Out says

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: it's 1933, the ship is German, and there's a Jew among the mixed bag of passengers. Yards and yards of liberal cliché are relentlessly unfolded, but the superb cast - struggling valiantly with the sort of problems more at home in disaster movies - make it almost watchable. Among them are Signoret as a drug-addicted countess mournfully loving the ship's doctor (Werner), Vivien Leigh as a divorcee looking for a last fling before middle-age sets in, and Michael Dunn as a marvellously sharp-tongued dwarf who finds himself in a minority group of two with the Jew (Rhümann).
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Release Details

  • Duration:149 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Stanley Kramer
  • Screenwriter:Abby Mann
  • Cast:
    • Simone Signoret
    • Oskar Werner
    • Vivien Leigh
    • José Ferrer
    • Lee Marvin
    • Michael Dunn
    • Heinz Rühmann
    • George Segal
    • Elizabeth Ashley
    • José Greco
    • Lilia Skala
    • Charles Korvin
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