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Until They Sail (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 27 February 1958 (Australia)
During WW2, husband-less New Zealand women meet and marry American soldiers who are fighting in the Pacific theater.

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Anne Leslie
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Delia Leslie Friskett
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Capt. Richard Bates
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Evelyn Leslie
Wally Cassell ...
Phil Friskett aka Shiner
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Prosecution Attorney
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Max Murphy
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Tommy
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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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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

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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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Famintas de Amor  »

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$1,841,000 (estimated)
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Aspen Pictures, owned by Mark Robson and Robert Wise, bought two stories from James A. Michener's anthology "Return to Paradise." After Robson filmed one of the stories as "Return to Paradise" with Gary Cooper, they ran out of funding and had to sell the rights to the other story, "Until They Sail" to Burt Lancaster. Some years later the it ended up with Charles Schnee at MGM. By then Wise was at Metro and requested to film the property. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in New Zealand. Toward the end of the movie, one of the sisters and her son are flying away. The registration on the aircraft is SU-AAC. "SU" is the registration letters for aircraft certified in Egypt. 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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References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

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Until They Sail
Music by David Raksin
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Eydie Gormé
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13 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Until They Sail (1957)

In some ways this is a terrific movie about women at home as their soldier men fought in World War II. The setting is New Zealand, and the women are four sisters there. The men are mostly American soldiers, seen not as invaders but still as aliens who are not quite welcome, The filming in wide screen (Cinemascope, really wide) black and white is fabulous. And the acting, including key roles by Paul Newman and Jean Simmons, is great.

The movie is patient, which is not quite the same as slow, though I think a lot of people will find there are too many pauses and lulls. Instead it feels immersive and dramatic. But what gets in the way a little is more elusive—pertinence. The problem it portrays is over a decade old, so it has lost the really hammerhead wham it would have had in 1946. Yes, the heartstrings are pulled no matter what—it's an eternal and cinematic problem, love and loss—but it's now a separated kind of drama on its own terms.

Oddly, the way it was filmed, with old school gorgeousness in black and white, might have kept it in a nostalgic zone as well. Lucky for us, this is what makes it have a classic feel. It sneaks up on you. It avoids hyperbole. It's really fine!

And it sheds important light on another aspect of WWII that fits in nicely with the battle films and the other films on the home front, like "The Best Years of our Lives" and other melodramas. There isn't a stick of actual fighting here, if you want that kind of movie. Instead it's an interwoven tale of women trying to survive lost husbands in the war, and finding love, or not, in the mixed up world of war time New Zealand.


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