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Ship of Fools


As he's observing other voyagers aboard a German passenger freighter bound for Bremerhaven in 1933, a puckish dwarf named Glocken (Michael Dunn) warns that it is "a ship of fools," whose passengers are all deeply involved with one folly or another.

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A powerful, ironic film.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003


- Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Compelling, tragic character study. Superb acting by Signoret, Werner and Vivien Leigh.

- jjnxn, Sunday, October 14, 2007

4 stars

leigh's screen swan song as the bitter southern socialite mary treadwell is not to be taken lightly against blanche and scarlett. it's a beautiful end to a great screen career.

- sepio41, Wednesday, October 29, 2008

4 stars

Like most movies that weave multiple, unrelated stories, some of them don't work, but the ones that do work are simply magnificent. Vivien Leigh is devastating in her final film role; Michael Dunn is wonderful; Oscar Werner (in the film's most pogniant role) and Simone Signoret are as powerful a pair of tragic lovers as you'll find in a movie. This makes up for, as an example, Lee Marvin's story, which despite his effective ly non-Lee Marvin-ish performance, is simply dull.

- jjgaut, Thursday, February 22, 2007