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Now, Voyager (1942)


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Release Date: Oct 22, 1942 Wide


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Movie Info

In this romantic drama, a spinster is driven to a nervous breakdown by her domineering mother, but recovers with a psychiatrist's help. She then takes an ocean voyage where she blooms as a woman and has an affair with a married man that leads to self-fulfillment in an unexpected way.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama , Romance , Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Casey Robinson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 13, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


as Charlotte Vale

as Jerry Durrance

as Dr. Jaquith

as Mrs. Henry Vale

as Elliott Livingston

as Lisa Vale

as `Deb' McIntyre

as Frank McIntyre

as Leslie Trotter

as Tina Durrance

as Dora Pickford

as Dr. Dan Regan

as Mr. Thompson

as William

as George Weston

as Grace Weston

as Passenger

as Passenger

as Passenger

as Passenger

as Hamilton Hunneker

as Lloyd

as Henry Montague

as Aunt Hester

as Mrs. Smith

as Uncle Herbert

as Celestine

as Mons. Henri

as Bill Kennedy

as George Weston
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Critic Reviews for Now, Voyager

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | August 14, 2008
Top Critic

It's one of the better 'women pictures,' though it got too weepie, mushy and full of itself for me.

Full Review… | February 4, 2015
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A superlative, juicy mother-daughter melodrama with top notch performance from Bette Davis, at the top of her form, and the rest of the cast.

Full Review… | March 5, 2011

Lots of appeal for highly romantic teens.

Full Review… | December 26, 2010
Common Sense Media

If you can resist Bette Davis in fat suit, hideous dress, and monobrow, you're not as gay as you think you are. I guess I kind of liked it.

Full Review… | June 28, 2010
Film Freak Central

It's all far more complicated than it needs to be, but then again, what would you cut?

Full Review… | March 27, 2010

Audience Reviews for Now, Voyager


After undergoing psychotherapy for damage caused by her domineering mother, a woman meets a dashing man, but his marriage complicates their romance.
Paul Henreid. Why would Isla choose Bogie over you? She certainly wouldn't if the "you" in Casablanca was the epitome of charm that the "you" in this film is. Lighting two cigarettes without breaking eye contact and flipping one around to a lady, you rock the forties definition of masculinity. And Bette Davis. You weren't always scary looking.
This is an exceptionally charming but wrought film. All the high drama is played to its highest, but the plot takes the easy way out of some of its conflicts. Most notably, instead of Charlotte confronting her mother about her childhood and the two coming to some kind of cathartic compromise, Mom dies so the love plot can continue. And the love plot resolves in an equally unsatisfying and convenient manner.
Overall, the performances by the leads are wonderful, but the story is too convenient for my liking.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer


Max Steiner's haunting score swells like a tidal current throughout this, the grand mal weeper to end all weepers. A young woman struggles valiantly against the overprotective will of her indomitable rock of a mother, herself made hard by life, to forge a life and love free of restraint. Paul Henried is understanding, charming and loyal, Claude Rains is wise, insightful and patient, but Bette, scratching and clawing her way from ugly duckling to grace, gives the shimmering performance of a lifetime

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer


An interesting story for a drama, but I'm not very fond of this movie for some reason, I don't know why I don't like it, it's not a bad movie, it's actually pretty good. Maybe if there was a different cast?

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

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