Review: ‘Voyage of the Damned’

Voyage of the Dammed is a sluggish melodrama, loaded with familiar film names who flesh out the diverse formula characters involved in this story about a ship carrying Jews away from Nazi Germany.

Voyage of the Dammed is a sluggish melodrama, loaded with familiar film names who flesh out the diverse formula characters involved in this story about a ship carrying Jews away from Nazi Germany.

Based on the book by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts, screenplay follows the form of a prototype ‘ark’ film, introducing the specimen couples, herein Jews deliberately loaded aboard a ship to which Cuba will deny entry permit, thereby fulfilling a Nazi propaganda plan. Max von Sydow, a non-Nazi German, is skipper of the ship.

Fact that the story is based on an actual, and shocking, incident makes all the more disappointing its transfer to the screen. The action zigs and zags between the cluttered set of characters.

1976: Nominations: Best Supp. Actress (Lee Grant), Adapted Screenplay, Original Score

Voyage of the Damned

UK

Production

ITC/Associated General. Director Stuart Rosenberg; Producer Robert Fryer; Screenplay Steve Shagan, David Butler; Camera Billy Williams; Editor Tom Priestley; Music Lalo Schifrin; Art Director Wilfrid Shingleton

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 155 MIN.

With

Faye Dunaway Max von Sydow Oskar Werner Malcolm McDowell Orson Welles James Mason
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