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Until They Sail (1957)

Until They Sail




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Adapted by Robert Anderson from a story by James A. Michener, the Robert Wise-directed soaper Until They Sail is set in World-War-II New Zealand. Paul Newman plays been-there-done-that U.S. marine captain Jack Harding, assigned to investigate servicemen's requests to marry local girls. An unemotional cipher, Harding begins to warm up when he meets war widow Barbara Leslie Forbes (Jean Simmons), a woman with three sisters (played by Joan Fontaine, Piper Laurie, and Sandra Dee -- what a gene pool!). The Newman-Simmons relationship is played against the romance between uptight spinster Anne Leslie (Fontaine) and good-natured officer Richard Bates (Charles Drake), and the dysfunctional marriage between the emotionally desperate (and nymphomaniacal) Delia Leslie (Laurie) and slimy Shiner Friskett (Wally Cassell), who is off in battle. The fourth sister, Evelyn (Dee), watches her sisters' amorous pursuits longingly, her mind occupied by her own true love, who is off to war. Until They Sail was a copacetic reunion between star Newman and director Robert Wise, who'd previously collaborated in Somebody Up There Likes Me.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Anderson
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On DVD: Dec 9, 1992


Jean Simmons
as Barbara Leslie Forbe...
Paul Newman
as Capt. Jack Harding
Joan Fontaine
as Anne Leslie
Piper Laurie
as Delia Leslie Frisket...
Charles Drake
as Capt. Richard Bates
Sandra Dee
as Evelyn Leslie
Wally Cassell
as `Shiner' Phil Friske...
Alan Napier
as Prosecution
Ralph Votrian
as Max Murphy
Adam Kennedy
as Lt. Andy
Patrick Macnee
as Pvt. Duff
Ben Wright
as Defense
James Todd
as Consul
David Thursby
as Trainman
Anne Wakefield
as Mrs. Campbell
Dean Jones
as Marine Lieutenant
Robert Keys
as Maj. Campbell
Ann Wakefield
as Mrs. Campbell
Pat O'Hara
as Police Inspector
Stanley Fraser
as Court Crier
James Douglas
as Marine with Girl
Pat Colby
as Marine
Don Eitner
as Marine
Tom Mayton
as Marine
Jim Cox
as Marine
Alma Lauton
as New Zealand Girl
Dee Humphrey
as New Zealand Girl
Dorris Riter
as New Zealand Girl
Pamela Light
as New Zealand Girl
Phyllis Douglas
as New Zealand Girl
William Boyett
as US Marine
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Critic Reviews for Until They Sail

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

Unfortunately there is a good deal of introspective soul-searching before this narrative arrives at its sad and happy endings.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Robert Wise directs Paul Newman for the second time (after Somebody Up There Like Me) in this New Zealand-set WWII sentimental melodrama, which is worth seeing for the acting of Newman and Jean Simmons as his love interest.

Full Review… | July 29, 2009

The film explores the themes of relationships and sexual morality in the time of war and is based on the novel by James A Michener.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008

Good love scenes between Newman and Simmons contributed strongly to his becoming a matinee idol when this picture was released.

Full Review… | June 17, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a soap opera love story that delves into questions about morality during wartime.

Full Review… | September 10, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Until They Sail

Soapy goodness with four fine actresses. Jean Simmons has the featured part and she and Paul Newman work well together but every one acquits themselves well.

jay nixon

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