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Voyage of the Damned (1976)

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:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

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:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

For her role, Lynne Frederick cut her long hair to make her character look more of the film's time period. See more »

Goofs

The original St. Louis had a dark hull. The hull used on the ship in this film is white. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

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El Cumbanchero
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Written by Rafael Hernández
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A ship load of political pawns.
2 September 2002 | by michaelRokeefeSee all my reviews

Based on a true story. In 1939, 1937 German-Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany are bound for Cuba and asylum. Before reaching Cuba the ship is refused permission to dock and all visas revoked. After being told they could not dock anywhere else, the S.S. St. Louis must turn around and head back to Germany and certain death for its passengers. The captain(Max von Sydow)wants to fake a shipwreck off the coast of England, but another solution arises.

A tremendous all-star cast features:Faye Dunaway, Oskar Werner, Lee Grant, Jose Ferrer, Katherine Ross, Orson Welles, Lynne Frederick, Ben Gazzara, James Mason, Victor Spinetti and Malcolm McDowell. I was most impressed with Ross and Frederick. This film can bring on mild depression, but hope does win out in the end. I liked the finale showing important characters and their fate.


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