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Voyage of the Damned -- Based on a true story, this film focuses on the plight of Jewish refugees who attempted to escape from Nazi Germany during WWII. They boarded an ocean liner bound for Cuba; however, Cuba's president denied them entry, and attempts to dock at other countries (including the U.S.) proved equally fruitless. The passengers were forced to return to Germany... and confront death.


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22 December 1976 (USA) See more »
In The Shadow of Death... [UK] See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Faye Dunaway ... Denise Kreisler

Oskar Werner ... Professor Egon Kreisler

Lee Grant ... Lili Rosen

Sam Wanamaker ... Carl Rosen

Lynne Frederick ... Anna Rosen
David de Keyser ... Joseph Joseph
Della McDermott ... Julia Strauss
Genevieve West ... Sarah Strauss

Luther Adler ... Professor Weiler

Wendy Hiller ... Rebecca Weiler

Julie Harris ... Alice Fienchild

Nehemiah Persoff ... Mr. Hauser

Maria Schell ... Mrs. Hauser

Paul Koslo ... Aaron Pozner

Jonathan Pryce ... Joseph Manasse
Brian Gilbert ... Laurenz Schulman
Georgina Hale ... Lotte Schulman
Adele Strong ... Mrs. Schulman
Milo Sperber ... Rabbi

Max von Sydow ... Captain Schroeder (as Max Von Sydow)

Malcolm McDowell ... Max Gunter
Helmut Griem ... Otto Schiendick
Keith Barron ... Purser Mueller

Anthony Higgins ... Seaman Heinz Berg

Ian Cullen ... Steinman, Radio Officer

Donald Houston ... Dr. Glauner
David Daker ... First Officer

Constantine Gregory ... Navigation Officer (as Constantin de Goguel)
Don Henderson ... Engineering Officer
Ina Skriver ... Singer

Orson Welles ... José Estedes

James Mason ... Dr. Juan Remos

Katharine Ross ... Mira Hauser

Victor Spinetti ... Dr. Erich Strauss

Michael Constantine ... Luis Clasing

José Ferrer ... Manuel Benitez

Ben Gazzara ... Morris Troper

Fernando Rey ... President Bru
Bernard Hepton ... Milton Goldsmith
Günter Meisner ... Robert Hoffman (as Guenter Meisner)
Marika Rivera ... Madame in Bordello

Janet Suzman ... Leni Strauss
Frederick Jaeger ... Werner Mannheim

Denholm Elliott ... Admiral Canaris

Leonard Rossiter ... Commander Von Bonin
Philip Stone ... Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Aris ... German Jewish Passenger (uncredited)
Emily Bolton ... Local Woman (uncredited)
Pauline Chamberlain ... Woman at Dinner Table (uncredited)
Luis Ciges ... President Bru's Secretary (uncredited)
Carl Duering ... German Ambassador (uncredited)
Harry Fielder ... Refugee on Ship (uncredited)

Laura Gemser ... Estedes' Friend (uncredited)

Brian Hall ... Ship Waiter (uncredited)
Robin Halstead ... S.S. Photographer (uncredited)

Bernard Kay ... Cuba Harbour pilot (uncredited)
Bernard Kaye ... Harbour Pilot (uncredited)
Antonio Lara ... Journalist (uncredited)

Tom Laughlin ... Engineering Officer (uncredited)
Gary McDermott ... Koster - Helmsman (uncredited)
Vikki Richards ... (uncredited)
John Tatum ... Dancing Passenger (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Rosenberg 
Writing credits
Steve Shagan (screenplay) and
David Butler (screenplay)

Gordon Thomas  based on the book "Voyage of the Damned" &
Max Morgan Witts  book "Voyage of the Damned" (as Max Morgan-Witts)

Produced by
Robert Fryer .... producer
William Hill .... associate producer
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
Cinematography by
Billy Williams 
Film Editing by
Tom Priestley 
Desmond Saunders (uncredited)
Casting by
Miriam Brickman 
Production Design by
Wilfred Shingleton 
Art Direction by
Jack Stephens 
Set Decoration by
Francisco Prósper (settings) (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Phyllis Dalton 
Makeup Department
Eric Allwright .... makeup artist
Linda DeVetta .... makeup artist (as Linda Devetta)
Susan Germaine .... hair stylist: Ms. Dunaway
Betty Glasow .... hair stylist
Ramon Gow .... hair stylist
Lee Harman .... makeup artist: Ms. Dunaway (as Lee Harmon)
Production Management
Malcolm J. Christopher .... production manager (as Malcolm Christopher)
Luis Roberts .... production supervisor: Spain
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Tringham .... assistant director
Art Department
Terry Apsey .... construction manager
Ron Burkett .... supervising painter
Cliff Robinson .... set dresser
Terry Wells .... stand-by property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Derek Ball .... sound recordist
Dino Di Campo .... sound editor
William Trent .... sound editor (as Bill Trent)
Doug E. Turner .... dubbing mixer (as Doug Turner)
Nigel Galt .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
William Parnell .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Conroy .... supervising electrician
David Harcourt .... camera operator
John Harris .... additional location photographer
David Wynn-Jones .... assistant camera
John Hardman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Betty Adamson .... wardrobe supervisor
John Hilling .... wardrobe supervisor
Jennie Tate .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Bob Mullen .... assistant editor
María Luisa Pino .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Location Management
Frank Ernst .... location manager: Spain
Richard Green .... location manager: UK
Music Department
Milton Lustig .... music editor
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lalo Schifrin .... conductor (uncredited)
Other crew
Pamela Carlton .... continuity
John Dodds .... runner
Ann Ford .... assistant to producer
Lew Grade .... presenter (as Sir Lew Grade)
Brian Harris .... production accountant
Franklin R. Levy .... executive production coordinator
Iris Rose .... production assistant
Doreen Landry .... publicist (uncredited)
Roy H. Wagner .... production assistant (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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155 min | USA:182 min (video version)
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Singapore:PG | Spain:18 | UK:AA (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:PG

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Jon Voight turned down the Malcolm Mcdowell part.See more »
Continuity: At c. 12 minutes the shots vary between daylight and night.See more »
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21 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
An Outstanding Cast in an Unforgettable True Story, 16 June 2002
Author: jojofla from Tampa, FL

"Voyage of the Damned" is the true story of a shipload of German Jews fleeing Nazi persecution in 1939 by seeking refuge in Cuba; the Cuban government waffles and won't let them in; sadly, neither will the United States; and the ship is forced to return to Europe.

Knowing that the voyage of the St. Louis actually happened deepens the impact of the film; while the movie itself is rather perfunctorily directed, the incredible all-star cast keeps the film very human and touching.

Lee Grant received the only Oscar nomination of the cast--her hair-cutting scene was obvious Oscar-bait if there ever was one--but she still conveys considerable pathos. Nevertheless, I was considerably more moved by the performances of Max von Sydow and Oskar Werner. Von Sydow portrays the captain of the St. Louis, attempting to keep the calm in an undeniably tense situation, growing ever more subtly aghast as the events unfold around him. Werner is his counterpoint among the passengers, an esteemed Jewish doctor and educator, seemingly serene in the face of such horror, but methodically determining what to do. Faye Dunaway plays Werner's embittered wife and her commanding charisma and beauty are at full wattage. Malcolm McDowell is rather endearingly miscast as a ship's steward who has a romance with Grant's daughter. Katharine Ross turns up briefly and gives one of the best performances of her career.

"Voyage of the Damned" may not be brilliant cinema, but it is an unforgettable story filled with an amazing cast and I highly recommend it.

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