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The Long Voyage Home (1940)

The Long Voyage Home




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John Ford welded four of Eugene O'Neill's one-act plays about the sea, +Bound East for Cardiff, +The Long Voyage Home, +The Zone, and +Moon of the Caribees, into this melancholy film about wayfaring seamen, changing the setting from the turn of the century to WWII. This was O'Neill's favorite of the films based on his work, and he watched it often enough to eventually wear out his print. After a night of revelry in the West Indies, the crew of the SS Glencairn return to the tramp steamer and set sail for Baltimore. They're a varied lot, from middle-aged Irishman Driscoll (Thomas Mitchell), to the young Swedish ex-farmer Ole Olsen (John Wayne), to the brooding Lord Jim-like Englishman Smitty (Ian Hunter). After the ship picks up a load of dynamite in Baltimore, the rough seas they encounter become especially nerve-racking to the crew, who are also concerned that Smitty might be a German spy.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Written By: Eugene O'Neill, Dudley Nichols
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 6, 2006
Criterion Collection


Ian Hunter
as Smitty
Arthur Shields
as Donkey Man
J.M. Kerrigan
as Limehouse crimp
Rafaela Ottiano
as Tropical Woman
Carmen D'Antonio
as Girls in Canoe
Billy Bevan
as Joe, Limehouse barm...
Cyril McLaglen
as First Mate
Bob Perry
as Paddy
Jack Pennick
as Johnny Bergman
Bing Conley
as Limehouse Roustabout
Douglas Walton
as Second Lieutenant
Harry Woods
as First Mate of Amindr...
James Flavin
as Dock Policeman
Arthur Miles
as Captain of Amindra
Lionel Pape
as Mr. Clifton
Guy Kingsford
as London Policeman
Tina Menard
as Bumboat Girl
Judith Linden
as Bumboat Girl
Elena Martinez
as Bumboat Girl
Art Miles
as Captain of Amindra
Lita Cortez
as Bumboat Girl
Soledad Gonzales
as Bumboat Girl
Wyndham Standing
as British Naval Office...
Lowell Drew
as Bald Man
Ky Robinson
as Limehouse Roustabout
Lee Shumway
as Dock Policeman
Leslie Sketchley
as London Policeman
Carmen Morales
as Bumboat Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Long Voyage Home

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (5)

One of the finest of all the movies that deal with life at sea, and one of the most successful of all attempts to put Eugene O'Neill on film ...

Full Review… | October 8, 2015
New Yorker
Top Critic

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's not the most focused and sustained movie, but the solid acting and elegant direction elevate this to another level. What could have been a routine melodrama ends up being quite a classy production.

Full Review… | April 14, 2013
Film Geek Central

Audience Reviews for The Long Voyage Home


I really love this movie for being so completely unique and moody. The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking and the way John Ford manipulates the camera is completely revolutionary. This is from what I can tell one of the first anti-war messages for WWII, it's very direct and not overdone or sappy. This has great characters, an ensemble drama that should never be forgotten.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Dreadfully dull tale featuring a very young John Wayne talking about probably the most boring cross Atlantic trip ever taken. Someone is a German spy on board and the audience doesn't care.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Story of a mixed bunch a merchant sailors. It's funny to hear John Wayne play a Swede. His accent is almost as bad as Jamie Lee Curtis's one in Trading Places, and that was on purpose. Thomas Mitchell is a character as always.

Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

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