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The Last Voyage (1960)

Approved | | Drama | 19 February 1960 (USA)
After a boiler explosion aboard an aging ocean liner, a man struggles to free his injured wife from the wreckage of their cabin and ensure the safety of their four-year-old daughter as the ship begins to sink.

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Cliff Henderson and his family are traveling aboard the SS Claridon en route to Japan. The Claridon is an old ship, on its last voyage before heading to the scrap heap. An explosion in the engine room weakens the hull and the ship is now taking on more water that the bilge pumps can deal with. The Captain seems to have difficulty accepting that his ship will sink. Henderson's wife Laurie is severely injured and trapped under a fallen beam. While the men in the engine room work frantically to shore up the hull, Henderson tries to free his wife from the wreckage with the help of one of the crew, Hank Lawson. Written by garykmcd

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AT 12:05...a woman trapped in her cabin! AT 12:22...the passengers on the decks begin to panic! AT 12:41...the desperate rescue attempt with the acetylene torch! AT 1:01...the dramatic life-and-death decision on the bridge! See more »

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The film features three actors who won Academy Awards for supporting roles: George Sanders for All About Eve (1950), Edmond O'Brien for The Barefoot Contessa (1954), and Dorothy Malone for Written on the Wind (1956). See more »

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When Cliff is saving his daughter, he uses a board to help her across. When first shown, it looks brand new, and when they are going across it, it's clearly a different, more rotten looking one. It changes from scene to scene. See more »

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Second Engineer Walsh: Let's get while the getting's good!
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Tense, Dramatic and Real – A Great Disaster Movie
6 August 2006 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The S. S. Claridon is scheduled for her five last voyages after thirty-eight years of service. After an explosion in the boiler room, Captain Robert Adams (George Sanders) is reluctant to evacuate the steamship. While the crew fights to hold a bulkhead between the flooded boiler room and the engine room and avoid the sinking of the vessel, the passenger Cliff Henderson (Robert Stack) struggles against time trying to save his beloved wife Laurie Henderson (Dorothy Malone), who is trapped under a steel beam in her cabin, with the support of the crewmember Hank Lawson (Woody Strode).

"The Last Voyage" is a surprisingly good disaster movie, and certainly one of the precursors of a popular genre in the 70's. The careful production used the S.S. Ile de France, the major ocean liner built after the end of World War I, which was considered the most beautifully decorated ship built by the French Line. During World War II, this vessel involved in extensive trooping, and finally she was sold to Japanese scrappers. During the shootings, she was partially sunk. The story is very tense, dramatic and real, with honorable characters, like the black crewmember Hank Lawson or Cliff Henderson, but also people under stress, like the Second Engineer Walsh played by Edmond O'Brien and most of the officers and crew, or the captain concerned with the future of his career. The story is narrated in off apparently by the Third Officer Osborne, performed by George Furness. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Grande Naufrágio" ("The Great Shipwreck")


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