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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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Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

Steve Shagan (screenplay), David Butler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Faye Dunaway ... Denise Kreisler
Oskar Werner ... Professor Egon Kreisler
Lee Grant ... Lili Rosen
Sam Wanamaker ... Carl Rosen
Lynne Frederick ... Anna Rosen
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Joseph Joseph (as David De Keyser)
Della McDermott Della McDermott ... Julia Strauss
Genevieve West 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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De fördömdas resa See more »

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Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Fernando Rey only has 1 scene. See more »

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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 »

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Captain Schroeder: I neither approved nor knew of it and assure you it shall not happen again. I frankly admit there appears to have been a lapse of good taste.
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Opening credits prologue: Saturday, May 13th, 1939 Hamburg Harbor See more »

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A version running a length of 182 minutes, released in 1980 on a double-cassette Magnetic Video, was released in 1980. The current video version, from Artisan/Live runs 158 minutes (even though the video cover says 137 minutes). See more »

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Voyage of the Damned: Powerful story that's light on entertainment
8 November 2018 | by PlatypuschowSee all my reviews

Voyage of the Damned tells the true story of the ill fated ship the S.S St.Louis.

For those unaware it was a German ship loaded with over 900 passengers, most of them being Jews. The whole thing was essentially propaganda and (No spoilers here) but there was a lot the Nazi party were not telling all those involved.

To my knowledge the movie is fairly accurate and is not exactly easy watching. The whole thing is very sad made doubly hard hitting by the fact it's all real and merely scratches the surface of the atrocities that took place.

With an all star cast including Faye Dunaway, Max VonSydow and Malcolm McDowell it stands at around two and a half hours but struggles to stay entertaining.

Though the story is certainly an interesting one it just doesn't translate very well into a movie. The story drags, is very bleak and as mentioned doesn't make for the easiest watching. I guess you could say it's a cross between Titanic (1997) and Schindlers List (1993) in that regard.

I see the appeal and respect everything they've done, but Voyage of the Damned is a better historic/education piece than movie.

The Good:

Great cast

Powerful story

The Bad:

Some poor accents

Simply light on enjoyment

Things I Learnt From This Movie:

It's 2018, and people seem to have forgotten that Nazis are bad

The Jewish people were under no illusion what the Nazis religious beliefs were.


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