Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1944
AuthorsHitchcock, Alfred
Running Time97 min
Date Released01/28/1944
Distributor20th Century Fox
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

An Alfred Hitchcock adaptation of a John Steinbeck novella, Lifeboat captures the tension and drama of World War II through the survivors of a torpedoed vessel. American and British civilians who have survived the sinking of their ship by a German submarine struggle to reach land in a crowded lifeboat. When a German officer (Walter Slezak) is rescued from the water, the group allows him to board, but his presence only increases the tensions on the boat. Soon treachery ensues, and the population of the vessel gradually decreases as conflicts come to a head. Though highly controversial in its time for what many interpreted as its sympathetic depiction of a German U-boat captain, Lifeboat is now viewed more favorably and has been listed by several modern critics as one of Hitchcock's more underrated films.

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