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Voyage of the Damned (1976)

PG | | Drama, War | 22 December 1976 (USA)
The tragic 1939 voyage of SS St. Louis carrying hundreds of German Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany that seemingly no nation is willing to save from certain doom.

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Denise Kreisler
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Professor Egon Kreisler
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Lili Rosen
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Carl Rosen
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Anna Rosen
David de Keyser ...
Joseph Joseph
Della McDermott ...
Julia Strauss
Genevieve West ...
Sarah Strauss
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Professor Weiler
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Rebecca Weiler
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Alice Fienchild
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Mr. Hauser
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Mrs. Hauser
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Aaron Pozner
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Joseph Manasse
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In 1939, Germany's Hamburg-America Line announced a voyage from Germany to Cuba. 937 people, the vast majority being Jews, signed up for the opportunity to escape Nazi Germany. Unbeknownst to the passengers, the visas they purchased were from a corrupt Cuban director of immigration, and they were invalid. Upon arrival in Havana, only 28 people were allowed to disembark, while the rest remained on board for weeks as they sailed to Florida, and eventually Canada, searching for safe haven. Sadly the ship returned to Antwerp after more than a month at sea. Forced back under Nazi rule as the low countries fell, it is estimated that approximately 250 of the refugees died in the extermination camps in occupied Poland. Written by JBentley

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Denholm Eliott has only 6 lines in a one scene role. See more »

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At c.7 minutes the players in the band on the quayside are clearly miming. See more »

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Referenced in Frasier: Voyage of the Damned (1997) See more »

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Written by Ernesto Lecuona
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A Largely Unseen Classic
24 July 2007 | by (Scotland) – See all my reviews

Voyage of the Damned is a criminally little seen all star cast drama with a veritable who's who of cinema. the story is heartbreaking and true it was all to do with a mass propaganda exercise in which a thousand or more Jews were to leave hamburg for the sunny tropics of Cuba but were never allowed to disembark, the rest of the film shows the dramatic efforts in which the passengers do to seek asylum, magnificent the casting is Ben Gazzara headlines the film has real life humanitarian Morris Troper, Victor Spinetti, plays a German doctor who tries to get his kids off the ship, Orson Welles plays a Cuban diplomat, Katherine Ross is a kindly prostitute, and Malcolm Mcdowell plays a young steward.

this film is strangely listed on my VHS with the running time of 2 hours and fifty eight minutes, the current region 2 DVD is at a running time of 2 hours and thirty minutes! so it seems their has been some cutting.


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