The Lightship

This article is about the 1986 film. For other uses, see Lightship.

The Lightship is a 1986 American drama film directed by Jerzy Skolimowski. The film stars Klaus Maria Brandauer and Robert Duvall, with early appearances from Arliss Howard and William Forsythe. The film is based on the novella "Das Feuerschiff" ("The Lightship" in German) by German Author Siegfried Lenz.


The story follows the crew of a small ship run by a man named Miller. On a small cruise out to sea, the ship is overtaken by three criminals, one of them is Caspary. Just when they think the ship will be their haven, the criminals find themselves battling the crew for control of the vessel.

One of the main plot strings is the conflict between the Captain (Brandauer) and his son. The son wants to attack the criminals and subdue them, Captain Miller is against any such action. His son sees this as cowardice, but in reality Miller feels his duty is to protect the lives of his crew, as they are more important than apprehending the criminals for the authorities.


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