October 18, 2005
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
- Digitally Processed
- Runtime: 96 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in English
- Released in English
Character study about eight diverse survivors, adrift at sea in a lifeboat after a World War II German U-boat sinks their ship. Tensions mount after a Nazi is brought aboard, but the octet eventually accepts him . However, the Nazi is not as harmless as he seems...
Based on a story by John Steinbeck, "Lifeboat" tells of the desperate struggle for survival of a group of people whose boat was torpedoed during the Second World War. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Director, Best Original Story.
Hitchcock cameo: Hitch solved the difficult problem of how to make a cameo appearance in the middle of the ocean by appearing in a "before-and-after" diet advertisement in the newspaper Rittenhouse is reading.
Tallulah Bankhead developed pneumonia after hours of filming in wet clothes.
During filming Hitchcock went on a serious diet, reducing his weight from 300 to 200 pounds.