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The Journey (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 11 February 1959 (Japan)
A British woman trying to escape Hungary with her freedom fighter lover and a group of Westerners, as the Soviet Union moves to crush the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, finds herself the obsession of an enigmatic Communist officer.

Director:

Anatole Litvak

Writer:

George Tabori (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Deborah Kerr ... Diana Ashmore
Yul Brynner ... Major Surov
Jason Robards ... Paul Kedes (as Jason Robards Jr.)
Robert Morley ... Hugh Deverill
E.G. Marshall ... Harold Rhinelander
Anne Jackson ... Margie Rhinelander
Ron Howard ... Billy Rhinelander (as Ronny Howard)
Flip Mark ... Flip Rhinelander
Kurt Kasznar ... Csepege
David Kossoff ... Simon Avron
Gérard Oury ... Teklel Hafouli
Marie Daëms Marie Daëms ... Françoise Hafouli (as Marie Daems)
Anouk Aimée ... Eva
Barbara von Nady ... Borbala (as Barbara Von Nady)
Maurice Sarfati Maurice Sarfati ... Jacques Fabbry
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Storyline

Budapest 1956. A group of Westerners try to leave the city when Soviet military occupy the country. But the airport is closed down and they have to take a bus to the border. At the border they are stopped by red tape - and Major Surov. The reasons are sketchy, but it seems that the major is romantically interested in one of the westerners, Diana Ashmore. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Iron-hard man...Velvet-soft woman...Which one will yield? See more »

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Drama | Romance | War

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Trivia

During filming, Yul Brynner's hand was cut by a former crazed lover who travelled across Europe to find him. There are scenes where Brynner's bandaged hand is not shown on-screen, and there are scenes where he is holding a prop to camouflage the hand. See more »

Goofs

Soviet troops are shown using U.S. equipment such as M4 Sherman tanks and jeeps. During World War II the Lend-Lease program sent over 4,000 Shermans to the USSR, some 400,000 trucks and jeeps, and many other vehicles, including the M5 half-track (which are seen in photos of the 1956 Soviet takeover of Hungary.) Nearly all of this equipment was still in Soviet use in 1956. See more »

Quotes

Diana Ashmore: [Dancing with the Major] You're drunk!
Major Surov: Yes, I am. And it's marvelous! Half my life I've been a soldier. Five campaigns, four scars, a shattered hip. And all that time, the Army's been my wife. A mean, old, possessive, insatiable, glorious bitch! And tonight I am cheating on her. And it's wonderful. Like picking flowers on a battlefield!
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Referenced in Diner (1982) See more »

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One of the Best Cold War Dramas
30 September 2003 | by jacksflicksSee all my reviews

Whatever the inspiration for this story (the aforementioned Blixen reference is fascinating), as a movie it's maybe the best Cold War drama I've ever seen. Like "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold," "The Journey" transcends its genre. The basic plot is about the personal empathy between men and women, some ordinary, some extraordinary, and how it prevails when confronted by political hostility and cultural dislocation. Nevertheless, this is a tragedy, with a final irony that is completely unexpected.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | Hungarian

Release Date:

11 February 1959 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Le voyage See more »

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Budget:

$2,290,000 (estimated)
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Alby Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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