Lifeboat

Lifeboat ★★★★

Lifeboat is one of the most underrated Hitchcock films, it is a brilliantly composed film, claustrophobic despite the open air and water, with a number of fine performances from a less starry cast than a typical Hitchcock effort. The film is propelled by a great economical script, it is mostly without sentiment, and it mixes propaganda with a moral ambiguity that is surprising.

The cast is mostly great, but it is the great character actor Hume Cronyn who stands out for me. Always been a big fan of Cronyn, this is one of his best roles, as part of a strong ensemble.

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