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Voyage of the Damned (1976)




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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.
Art House & International , Drama
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AVCO Embassy Pictures

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Faye Dunaway
as Denise Kreisler
Max von Sydow
as Captain Schroeder
Oskar Werner
as Professor Egon Kreisler
Malcolm McDowell
as Max Gunte
Orson Welles
as Estedes
James Mason
as Remos
Lee Grant
as Lillian Rosen
Ben Gazzara
as Morris Troper
Katharine Ross
as Mira Hauser
Luther Adler
as Prof. Weiler
Paul Koslo
as Aaron Pozner
Nehemiah Persoff
as Mr. Hauser
José Ferrer
as Benitez
Fernando Rey
as Cuban President
Lynne Frederick
as Anna Rosen
Maria Schell
as Mrs. Hauser
Helmut Griem
as Otto Schiendick
Victor Spinetti
as Dr. Strauss
Julie Harris
as Alice Feinchild
Janet Suzman
as Leni Strauss
Wendy Hiller
as Rebecca Weiler
Sam Wanamaker
as Carl Rosen
Denholm Elliott
as Adm. Wilhelm Canaris
David de Keyser
as Joseph Joseph
Jonathan Pryce
as Joseph Manasse
Georgina Hale
as Lottie Schulman
Keith Barron
as Purser Mueller
Anthony Higgins
as Seaman Berg
Donald Houston
as Dr. Hans Glauner
David Daker
as First Officer
Tom Laughlin
as Engineering Officer
Bernard Hepton
as Milton Goldsmith
Günter Meisner
as Robert Hoffman
Marika Rivera
as Madame in Bordello
Carl Duering
as German Ambassador
Frederick Jaeger
as Werner Mannheim
Leonard Rossiter
as Commander Udo von Bonin
Philip Stone
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Voyage of the Damned

All Critics (9)

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
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Too bad that Voyage of the Damned is done as an all-star, cheap melodrama, fictionlaizing a riveting WWII-Holocaust story

Full Review… | December 25, 2010

Audience Reviews for Voyage of the Damned


I would like to give this 4 or 4-1/2 stars but cannot. It's a true story worth telling as the last voyage of the MS St Louis and its captain were the brainchild of Admiral Wilhelm Canaris in the Abwehr (the German Intelligence Service). They engineered the Cuban refusal to allow the passengers to land in Havana, and knew nobody else would either, once that occurred, including the United States and Canada in spite of repeated requests (to their very great discredit). The ship's captain is the real hero as he threatened to deliberately create a disaster to justify an order to abandon ship just off the coast of England. That would force the British to allow the passengers to land there under International Maritime Law that requires Safe Harbor from the nearest port for any ship in extremis. The problem with this film, like a number from its era, is the all-star ensemble cast plus the immense number of cameos from additional A-list actors on top of that. It's so many that it distracts from the story and the characters they portray. I can only imagine when the word went out the project had been green-lighted that the casting director was inundated by hordes of A-list stars to get their name in the acting credits of a film with such a compelling story. Also helps market the film. In this one, like a few others such as A Bridge Too Far, and very nearly with The Longest Day, it was overdone. The real standout who delivers an excellent performance is Max von Sydow as the ship's captain. Orson Welles also does a very good job in a minor supporting role as an obvious opportunist who nevertheless hopes to favorably influence the Cuban government. It's well worth watching in spite of its flaws.

John Lind
John Lind

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
Kevin M. Williams

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
Naughtia Nahazhina

Super Reviewer

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