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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.

Director:

Stuart Rosenberg

Writers:

Steve Shagan (screenplay), David Butler (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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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It lasted 30 days...You will remember it as long as you live. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

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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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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jonathan Pryce receives an 'introducing' credit. See more »

Goofs

The song 'El Cumbanchero' was written in 1946 and 'Besame Mucho' was written in 1940 some time after the events of this film. See more »

Quotes

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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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Frasier: Voyage of the Damned (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Amapola
(uncredited)
Written by Albert Gamse and José María Lacalle
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a fateful trip aboard a ship
24 July 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Usually, it seems like whenever a movie has a giant cast, then that's the movie's only strength. "Voyage of the Damned" did have more to it than simply its cast. Faye Dunaway, Oskar Werner, Orson Welles, Max Von Sydow, Jonathan Pryce, Malcolm McDowell, Lee Grant, James Mason, and a bunch of other big names star in this true story of a ship that left Nazi Germany bound for Cuba. The passengers were German Jews who believed that they were on their way to freedom in Cuba, but realized when they arrived that there was never any plan to set them free.

Maybe the cast does overshadow the plot, but it's still worth seeing. The movie is out of print, so you might have trouble finding it. Portland's Movie Madness has a copy, in case you ever come to Portland.


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