Ship of Fools


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).


Release details

149 mins

Cast and crew

Stanley Kramer
Abby Mann
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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