Ship of Fools
Ship of Fools (1965)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 29, 1965
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2003
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Critic Score: 81% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Director-producer Stanley Kramer and scenarist Abby Mann have distilled the essence of Katherine Anne Porter's bulky novel in a film that appeals to the intellect and the emotions.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

As glib as Stanley Kramer often is, there is probably nothing glibber in his entire output than this Abby Mann adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's novel.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The black-and-white overlong, dated and uneven film, a less than endearing talk-fest, is rescued from drowning in a sea of words by its fine cast.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

Don't look now, but as you might expect with message-mad Kramer at the helm of this adaptation of Katherine Anne Porter's novel, there's a heavy allegory aboard.

TV Guide

Superb acting in an Abby Mann script that seldom descends into bathos.

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

All-star cast in ultimately grim tale.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

A powerful, ironic film.

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Emanuel Levy

Prestigious and literary cinema at its most ponderous, transfer of Porter's novel to the the big screen by Kramer (the wrong director) is crude and pretentious, but some of the performances, particularly Signoret, Leigh and Dunn, are good.

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The film's interest lies in the excellent cast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 78% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A second class luxury liner leaves from Mexico on its way to Germany in the days before WWll. Onboard a cross-section of humanity ... and their afflictions ...… More
jay nixon
Compelling, tragic character study. Superb acting by Signoret, Werner and Vivien Leigh.
John Ballantine
Kind of like the Love Boat but with fools as opposed to lovers. This entourage film is delightfully funny despite the grim circumstances.