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The Boatniks (1970)

G | | Family, Comedy | 1 July 1970 (USA)
Young and awkward, U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Thomas Garland suffers from constant comparison with his late father, a war hero. Thomas falls for pretty Kate Fairchild, a young woman who runs a... See full summary »

Director:

Norman Tokar

Writers:

Arthur Julian (screen story and screenplay), Martin Roth (story) (as Marty Roth)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Morse ... Ensign Garland
Stefanie Powers ... Kate
Phil Silvers ... Harry Simmons
Norman Fell ... Max
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Charlie
Wally Cox ... Jason
Don Ameche ... Commander Taylor
Joey Forman ... Lt. Jordan
Vito Scotti ... Pepe Galindo
Tom Lowell ... Wagner
Bob Hastings ... Chief Walsh
Sammy Jackson Sammy Jackson ... Garlotti
Joe E. Ross ... Nutty Sailor
Judith Jordan ... Tina
Al Lewis ... Bert
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Storyline

Young and awkward, U.S. Coast Guard Ensign Thomas Garland suffers from constant comparison with his late father, a war hero. Thomas falls for pretty Kate Fairchild, a young woman who runs a sailing school. Thomas's awkward attempts to makes moves on Kate repeatedly backfire, and things go from bad to worse when a trio of clumsy jewel thieves interferes. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Ashore or afloat, they're rocking the boat! See more »

Genres:

Family | Comedy

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 July 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Marineros sin brújula See more »

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Gross USA:

$18,607,492
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The film's movie poster tagline "Man the Laffboats!" was a spoof of the well-known nautical sea-faring phrase "Man the Lifeboats!". See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mitchell (1993) See more »

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Boatniks
Written by Bruce Belland and Robert F. Brunner
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Who's Guarding the Coast?
17 February 2007 | by Retroman40See all my reviews

This movie is not as far off-base as some may believe. Having served in the Coast Guard in the 80's (a little after this movie came out in 1970) it is not too hard to believe that many of the scenes could have really taken place (and still do in a lot of places).

Sure, you'd surely be relieved of command for sinking a boat, but chill - it's a comedy, not a documentary.

Anyway, Phil Silvers is marvelous and Norman Fell is so good in his deadpan role. Stephanie Powers is about as hot as she ever was and Don Ameche as the Base CO is perfect. And don't forget Wally Cox as Jason - I wish he had tied up near us!

Don't expect too much from this lightweight, but rather sit back, maybe crack open a cold one (don't set it by your compass - of course cans were made of steel then) and just enjoy a far simpler time.


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