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Death Ship (1980)

A mysterious ghostly freighter rams and sinks a modern day cruise ship whose survivors climb aboard the freighter and discover that it is a World War II Nazi torture vessel.

Director:

Alvin Rakoff

Writers:

John Robins (screenplay), Jack Hill (story) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Kennedy ... Captain Ashland
Richard Crenna ... Trevor Marshall
Nick Mancuso ... Nick
Sally Ann Howes ... Margaret Marshall
Kate Reid ... Sylvia Morgan
Victoria Burgoyne ... Lori
Jennifer McKinney ... Robin Marshall
Danny Higham Danny Higham ... Ben Marshall
Saul Rubinek ... Jackie
Murray Cruchley Murray Cruchley ... Parsons (as Lee Murray)
Doug Smith Doug Smith ... Seaman No. 1
Anthony Sherwood ... Seaman No. 2 (as Tony Sherwood)
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Storyline

Survivors of a tragic shipping collision are rescued by a mysterious black ship which appears out of the fog. Little do they realize that the ship is actually a Nazi torture ship which has sailed the seas for years, luring unsuspecting sailors aboard and killing them off one by one. Written by Jonathon Dabell <J.D.@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's not just a ship... it's a killing machine! See more »


Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

UK | Canada

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

7 March 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Ship See more »

Filming Locations:

Dauphin Island, Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD4,500,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This movie and Agency (1980) were the first credited theatrical movie appearances of Saul Rubinek. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning, just after the collision, the surviving characters are seen drifting on the ocean on a wooden platform. George Kennedy's character is plainly visible lying down with the group, even though he hasn't yet been pulled out of the water! He appears from below the water about two minutes later. See more »

Quotes

[on collision course with the titular ship]
Ashland: Signal him to alter course.
Seaman No. 1: I already have, sir.
Ashland: Well, signal him again, damnit.
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Alternate Versions

The German TV version was cut by several minutes including nearly all scenes of violence, dead bodies and Nazi content. The old Videoversion (VPS Video) is uncut. See more »

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Featured in Trailer Trauma Part 4: Television Trauma (2017) See more »

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Not as bad as they say
8 March 2003 | by dell_of_dreamsSee all my reviews

This is one of those movies I saw as a kid, was terrified by and have been trying to find ever since.

I finally obtained a copy and watched it again for the first time in twenty years.

Until that moment though, I had sought out various opinions of the movie on the internet, the place where everyone has an opinion on everything, and I must say, the majority of comments I recieved were less than encouraging, however my mission would not be swayed.

Now, here I am having seen this obscure little flick again and I must say, it wasnt as bad as all that.

I think the sense of atmosphere and eeriness, while quite tacky, were effective and charming.

One scene that stood out in my mind since that fateful night I watched it as a child, is where Mrs. Morgan eats that poisoned lollie, turns into some creature, is killed and tossed overboard. Ah joyous memories


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