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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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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Carl Rosen
David de Keyser ...
Joseph Joseph (as David De Keyser)
Della McDermott ...
Julia Strauss
Genevieve West ...
Sarah Strauss
Professor Weiler
Rebecca Weiler
Alice Fienchild
Mr. Hauser
Mrs. Hauser
Aaron Pozner
Joseph Manasse


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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The incredible story of the ship that shamed the world See more »


Drama | War


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Release Date:

22 December 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De fördömdas resa  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film cast includes five Oscar winners: Faye Dunaway, Lee Grant, Wendy Hiller, José Ferrer and Orson Welles; and seven Oscar nominees: Oskar Werner, Max von Sydow, Katharine Ross, James Mason, Denholm Elliott, Julie Harris and Janet Suzman. See more »


At c.14 minutes, as the ship is leaving Hamburg, in some shots the boat is stationary and in others the boat is moving. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: Saturday, May 13th, 1939 Hamburg Harbor See more »


Referenced in The Brady Bunch Variety Hour: Episode #1.5 (1977) See more »


Deutschland Uber Alles
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn
Arranged by Lalo Schifrin
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Ship Of Foolish
2 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

The cast was a magnet, imagine, Faye Dunaway, Orson Welles, Malcolm McDowell, James Mason, Oskar Werner, Max Von Sydow, Wendy Hiller, Lee Grant, Maria Schell, Katherine Ross and I could go on. The splendor of the cast can't manage to disguise the poverty of the script. A huge subject tackled in Stanley Kramer's Ship Of Fool and that film also had an extraordinary cast: Vivien Leigh, Simone Signoret, Lee Marvin, Jose Ferrer and even Oskar Werner who, strangely, was in both films. However, Stanley Kramer had a great script by Abby Mann (Judgment At Nuremberg) and some of the scenes are spectacular. Here in this Voyage nothing is piercing or memorable just a succession of cardboard TV style scenes. But, if you're into star gazing this voyage could give you enough stasfictions to feel you haven't wasted a full afternoon.

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