Lifeboat war movie
Lifeboat war movie

Lifeboat (1944, United States)

Categories: navy movies

Running time: 95 minutes

Language: English / German

Atlantic Ocean during the World War 2. After their ship was torpedoed by the U-boat group of passengers climb aboard the lifeboat. After a while they realize that one of them is a captain of the U-boat that attacked them. Nevertheless they all have to find the way to survive in the middle of the ocean.

Fine example of Alfred Hitchcock’s style - tension between characters, confined space that doesn’t give any chance for a little privacy and death of starvation a real possibility - all of this makes the atmosphere overwhelming. Of course Lifeboat isn’t typical war movie - not like f.e. Saving Private Ryan or The Longest Day - but the emotions and influence that the war had on people are more than real.

Our rating


Film value

9 / 10

Realism factor

4 / 5

Adventure factor

1 / 5

Historical accuracy

1 / 5

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Creators of Lifeboat

Alfred Hitchcock movies

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John Steinbeck


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Jo Swerling


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Events depicted in Lifeboat

World War II (1936-1945) Battle of the Atlantic (3 Sep 1939)