Ship of Fools Cast, Box Office Collection, Budget, Storyline

Ship of Fools

The first person the audience sees in Ship of Fools is dwarf Michael Dunn, who speaks to viewers directly and acts as a Greek chorus throughout the film. It begins on the deck of an ocean liner travelling from Vera Cruz to Bremerhaven. The time is the 1930s, so close and yet so far from war. The cross-section of humanity on board includes ship’s doctor Oscar Werner, Spanish political activist Simone Signoret, aging coquette Vivien Leigh, hedonistic baseball player Lee Marvin, philosophical Jew Heinz Ruhmann, a smattering of pro- and anti-Hitlerites (Jose Ferrer plays the nastiest and most vocal “pro”) and young lovers George Segal and Elizabeth Ashley. Yes, it’s Grand Hotel at sea, a feast for stargazers and an endurance test for those who aren’t comfortable with non-stop speechmaking. Despite such lines as “What can the Nazis do? Kill all six million of us?,” Ship of Fools manages to stay afloat throughout its 148 minutes. Michael Dunn was nominated for an Academy Award for his interlocutory characterization; the rest of the performances range from brilliant to merely filling up the room. Other Oscars were presented to cinematographer Ernest Lazslo and to the art-direction staff. Ship of Fools was adapted by Abby Mann from the novel by Katharine Ann Porter.

Release date: Jul 29, 1965
Production Company: Columbia Pictures
Box Office Collection:
Genre: Classics,Documentary,Drama,Romance

Ship of Fools Caste and Crew
Director: Stanley Kramer
writer: Abby Mann,Stanley Kramer
Simone Signoret,Oskar Werner,Vivien Leigh,Lee Marvin,José Ferrer,Elizabeth Ashley,George Segal,Jose Greco,Michael Dunn (I),Charles Korvin,Heinz Rühmann,Lilia Skala,Barbara Luna,Christiane Schmidtmer,Alf Kjellin,Werner Klemperer,John Wengraf,Olga Fabian,Gila Golan,Oscar Beregi Jr.,Oscar Beregi,Stanley Adams,Kaaren Verne,Charles de Vries,Lydia Torea,Henry Calvin,Paul Daniel,David Renard,Silvia Marino,Rudy Carrella,Anthony Brand,Peter Mamakos,Walter Friedel,Bert Rumsey,Jon Alvar,Charles H. Radilac,Steven Geray,Eddie Baker,Justo Robles Quintero,Maribel DeCirez Garcia,Jose Santiago Martinez