Voyage of the Damned (1976)

Voyage of the Damned


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In this film, based on a true story, the Nazis load a luxury liner with Jewish refugees. When the ship arrives in Cuba, the passengers are refused entry. This is what the Nazis wanted to happen, so they could "prove" that the Jews were the most unwanted race on Earth.

Rating: PG
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: David Butler, David Butler (I), Steve Shagan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 4, 2000


as Denise Kreisler

as Captain Schroeder

as Professor Egon Kreis...

as Estedes

as Remos

as Lillian Rosen

as Morris Troper

as Mira Hauser

as Prof. Weiler

as Aaron Pozner

as Mr. Hauser

as Benitez

as Cuban President

as Anna Rosen

as Mrs. Hauser

as Otto Schiendick

as Dr. Strauss

as Alice Feinchild

as Leni Strauss

as Rebecca Weiler

as Carl Rosen

as Adm. Wilhelm Canaris

as Joseph Joseph

as Joseph Manasse

as Laurence Schulman

as Lottie Schulman

as Purser Mueller

as Seaman Berg

as Dr. Hans Glauner

as First Officer

as Engineering Officer

as Milton Goldsmith

as Robert Hoffman

as Madame in Bordello

as German Ambassador

as Werner Mannheim

as Commander Udo von Bo...

as Secretary

as Navigation Officer
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Critic Reviews for Voyage of the Damned

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | May 28, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

If anyone emerges as first among equals, it would be Max von Sydow, who lends enormous dignity to the role of the ship's captain.

Full Review… | October 5, 2013
Creative Loafing

There is no Indiana Jones to save the day and no pat Hollywood ending to revise history. Voyage of the Damned is unquestionably a serious drama and treats its subject matter with the dignity that it should.

Full Review… | September 26, 2013

Based on a shameful true incident that's still not forgotten.

Full Review… | June 24, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Voyage of the Damned


The Nazis concieve a brutal public relations gimmick (based on a true story): if the world is truly so concerned about the plight of Jews in wartime Germany, how about this? They release a boatload of the condemned buggers and wait to see who embraces the lot. And guess what? No one does. Played as a typical 70's style, all star gathering of international talent it's actually better than it looks with some unexpected surprises, like Orson Welles as a dishonest Cuban politico and Kate Ross as a Jewish prostitute in Havana. Worth a look.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Tragic, shameful story of doomed real life trip of almost a thousand Jews refused entry first into Cuba and then many other countries just before the outbreak of WWII. Episodic in nature but with very fine performances especially by Lee Grant and von Sydow.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A tragic story from WWII where a group German Jews were allowed to sail to Cuba away from all the worries of the Nazi regime in Germany. To their horror the passengers are not allowed to get off the ship once they arrive in Cuban territory, so they are set to return to Europe where death awaits them. This movie is very memorable, I remember watching it many years ago and I still remember the story very clearly. The fact that the movie is based on an actual event is frightening, because it is difficult to imagine that this kind of cruelty against human beings still exists in our world. I believe that this movie must've been a huge hit back in the 70's, it is definetily a classic movie worth watching.

Naughtia Nahazhina

Super Reviewer

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