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Until They Sail (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 14 November 1957 (Australia)
During WW2, husband-less New Zealand women meet and marry American soldiers who are fighting in the Pacific theater.

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Cast

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Phil Friskett aka Shiner
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Prosecution Attorney
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Max Murphy
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US Marine, Store Customer
Adam Kennedy ...
Andy, Delia's Lover
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US Marine, Store Customer
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Pvt. Duff (scenes deleted)
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Four sisters in New Zealand fall for four U.S. soldiers en route to the Pacific theater in WWII Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They Couldn't Have The Love They Wanted, So They Took The Love They Could Get!

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Drama | Romance | War

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Release Date:

14 November 1957 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Famintas de Amor  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,841,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$745,000, 31 December 1957

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,420,000, 31 December 1957
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2.35 : 1
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Goofs

The first time Jean Simmons' character meets Paul Newman's character is in a Wellington, New Zealand restaurant, in 1942 or 1943 (American troops first arrived there in 1942, the war ended in 1945). Newman is reading an early paperback copy of the book "Nine Stories", by J.D. Salinger. The hardback version was published in 1953. The Signet first paperback edition Newman is reading was published in July 1954. The title is very briefly but clearly visible as Newman closes the book and puts it down. See more »

Quotes

Barbara Leslie Forbes: [Last lines] If my father could read the history of his daughters...
Capt. Jack Harding: He'd understand.
Barbara Leslie Forbes: As they say, to understand is to forgive. Or is it, to understand is not to forgive? I can never remember.
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Connections

References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Until They Sail
Music by David Raksin
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Eydie Gormé
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First impressions can be deceiving...
15 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

I have to admit, when I first heard of this film, I didn't think it would keep my interest or attention. The casting, albeit comprised of talented performers, seemed a little odd: 40 year old Fontaine and 13 year old Sandra Dee as sisters sounds a little far fetched, but the pairing actually plays out believably on screen. The age difference translates into a believable mother/daughter type of sisterly relationship, which is appropriate since Fontaine's character has been left to tend to her three sisters after her parents' death.

Preconceived notions aside, the story is a compelling one, centering around four sisters in WWII New Zealand. Fontaine, Dee, Jean Simmons, and Piper Laurie all turn in admirable performances as the Lesley sisters in a plot that can sometimes seem a little implausible, or at the very least, ahead of it's time. Paul Newman also co-stars as a Marine officer who plays a pivotal role in the lives of the sisters, namely Simmons' character.

Not the best role of any of the principal actors' careers, but definitely worth seeing, especially if you are drawn to WWII era dramas.


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