Lakeboat (film)

Lakeboat is a 2000 American drama film, adapted by David Mamet from his 1970 play of the same name, directed by Joe Mantegna and starring Charles Durning, Peter Falk, Denis Leary and Andy García.[1][2][3][4]

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Directed byJoe Mantegna
Written byDavid Mamet
Produced byEric R. Epperson
Tony Mamet
Joe Mantegna
Morris Ruskin
StarringCharles Durning
Peter Falk
Denis Leary
Andy García
Roberta Angelica
CinematographyPaul Sarossy
Edited byChristopher Cibelli
Music byBob Mamet
Distributed byOne Vibe Entertainment
Release date
  • 2000 (2000)
Running time
98 minutes
United States


A young man, Dale Katzman, a college student from an Ivy League school "near Boston" takes a summer job as the night cook in the galley of the Seaway Queen, a lake boat bulk carrier on the Great Lakes for a Chicago-based steel concern. Dale's predecessor, Guigliani, endured a particularly violent end while on terra firma, the cause and nature of which is speculated by the other crew members. Dale, and the audience, gets to know each of them, including: Fireman, who reads voraciously when not "watching the gauges"; Fred, who imparts his unique, politically incorrect philosophy regarding women on the young man; and, especially, Joe Litko, a 23-year veteran of the seas, who sees much of himself in Dale. The dialogue is Mametspeak at its most raw, as secrets are shared, picayune matters are debated, and fantasies are laid out, vividly.



The film has an 83% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[5] Roger Ebert awarded the film three stars.[6]

Box officeEdit

The film earned $5,159 on a limited release in the United States.[7]


  1. ^ Macdonald, Moira (4 January 2002). "'Lakeboat' floats along on current of Mamet's dialogue". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  2. ^ LaSalle, Mick (7 December 2001). "'Lakeboat' floats on performances, writing / Joe Mantegna directs script from Mamet play". San Francisco Gate. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  3. ^ Axmaker, Sean (3 January 2002). "Stylish calm of Forster keeps 'Lakeboat' cruising". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  4. ^ Scott, A.O. (13 April 2001). "FILM REVIEW; That Poetry of Mamet, Aboard a Boat, Dammit". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  5. ^ "Lakeboat". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (1 June 2001). "Lakeboat". Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Lakeboat (2001)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2016-04-13.

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