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Until They Sail (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 14 November 1957 (Australia)
During WW2, husband-less New Zealand women meet and marry American soldiers who are fighting in the Pacific theater.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Robert Anderson (screenplay), James A. Michener (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Simmons ... Barbara Leslie Forbes
Joan Fontaine ... Anne Leslie
Paul Newman ... Capt. Jack Harding
Piper Laurie ... Delia Leslie Friskett
Charles Drake ... Capt. Richard Bates
Sandra Dee ... Evelyn Leslie
Wally Cassell ... Phil Friskett aka Shiner
Alan Napier ... Prosecution Attorney
Ralph Votrian ... Max Murphy
John Wilder ... Tommy
Tige Andrews ... US Marine, Store Customer
Adam Kennedy Adam Kennedy ... Andy, Delia's Lover
Mickey Shaughnessy ... US Marine, Store Customer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Macnee ... Pvt. Duff (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They Couldn't Have The Love They Wanted, So They Took The Love They Could Get!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1957 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Famintas de Amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,841,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Perspecta Stereo | 4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Paul Newman accepted to play in the movie only because Bob Wise directed it. See more »

Goofs

The first time Jean Simmons' character meets Paul Newman's character is in a Wellington, New Zealand restaurant, in 1942 or 1943 (American troops first arrived there in 1942, the war ended in 1945). Newman is reading an early paperback copy of the book "Nine Stories", by J.D. Salinger. The hardback version was published in 1953. The Signet first paperback edition Newman is reading was published in July 1954. The title is very briefly but clearly visible as Newman closes the book and puts it down. 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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Connections

References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Until They Sail
Music by David Raksin
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Eydie Gormé
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User Reviews

 
This is what I spend the night with—and no regrets . . . And nobody gets hurt.
12 October 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

Very good Paul Newman about the effect that war has on people's lives as they try to cope with their loneliness due to separation.

It was a great ensemble cast with Newman and Jean Simmons (Oscar nominations for The Happy Ending and Hamlet), Joan Fontaine (Oscar for Suspicion, and nominations for Rebecca and The Constant Nymph), Piper Laurie (Oscar nominations for Carrie, Children of a Lesser God, The Hustler), and Sandra Dee.

For a 1957 film, it really took on issues such as infidelity and illegitimate children and the casualness of sex during wartime.

Newman was great as the officer charged with investigating girls who soldiers wanted to marry and take back home. He played a character very familiar in his films - one that had a close relationship with the bottle.


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