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until they sail
- kevin sellers
Should be retitled "Will They Ever Sail?" since director Robert Wise's pacing is slow, slower, slowest. Just endless gobbits of lugubrious, weepy, self pitying dialogue and scenes. Gives you a damn headache rather than a heartache. Every so often the film comes alive, mostly when Piper Laurie's onscreen as the trampy sister. She at least pulls against the sickly, sentimental "Mrs. Miniver Goes Kiwi" feel of the other three sisters. As far as the acting goes, Laurie, as alluded to, is the best. Interesting that she later paired up with Newman in his finest film, "The Hustler." Don't know what it is about her that makes her so good, but no matter if she's a promiscuous New Zealander, an alcoholic writer living in Oakland Calif. or Sissy Spacek's hateful mom in "Carrie," Ms. Laurie is never less than completely convincing. Aside from her, Jean Simmons is good, as usual, as is Newman. Even though they mouth some of Robert Anderson's worst dialogue (hard to believe the playwright of "Tea And Sympathy" penned this soppy drivel) they're pros and they manage to carry you over the many dead spots. Joan Fontaine is also decent.. Problem with her is that she's old enough to be Simmons' mother and Sandra Dee's grandmother, and she looks it. Sandra Dee, of course, is unspeakably cute/dreadful and Charles Drake is a "good guy" hole in the screen. I also didn't like the cheap ass back lot shooting that captures exactly none of the sense of being in a place as beautiful as New Zealand. Give it a C.
Better than expected
I'm not a big fan of soaps, or of Newman, but the locale, cast, subject matter and treatment were unusual and interesting enough to keep my interest 'til the end.
The Four Sisters!
- Raymond Banacki
Jean Simmons, Joan Fontaine, Piper Laurie and Sandra Dee as sisters - a screenplay by Robert ("Tea and Sympathy") Anderson - and direction by Robert Wise - and a first-rate supporting cast - how could this MGM war drama miss - it couldn't.
- Loraine Hone
I think this is one of the best black and white world war II films I have seen in a long time. It has a fantastic story showing the draining emotions of waiting for loved ones gone off to war not knowing when or if they will return. I wish it was available in the UK on DVD (I know it can be bought for the US market). Brilliant film - should be on TCM more - I have only been able to see it once and it made a great impression.
Auckland, not Oakland
I think Evelyn and Tommy end up in Auckland, NZ. That makes much more sense and that is what I heard. Any one else? I am ordering James Michener's book of short stories that contains Until They Sail.
- LINDA GOLD
It is rare that Paul Newman shows real love emotion. That's why I adore this movie. I wish TCM would play it more often!
- barbara davis
This movie should be on DVD!
another great jean simmons movie
- bill copper
there is no such thing as a bad jean simmons movie, and this one also has paul newman. as effective a war story as "mrs. miniver," showing that life on the home front could also be horrific. excellent, excellent movie.
Love This Movie
Great actors set in New Zealand during WWII. While it is a fictional story one can imagine that stories similar to this were actual happenings during this tumultous period in world history.
One of the best movies ever. TCM is the only station to play this great movie, and I am hoping they will show it again soon. A terrific movie not to be missed.
A favorite of mine
- Eva Trapani
I have seen this many times on TCM, and always enjoy it. I've recorded it on a VHS tape so I can see it whenever I wish. Paul Newman at a young age--charming!
One of the best!
This is one of my favorite WWII romance movies & TCM is the only place I can see it, which is why I'm BEGGING you to please show it for me. Excellent cast, excellent script, excellent direction--what more can you ask for in a movie? This is one not to be missed!
- Movie Fan
Good entertaining war film with Paul Newman, Jean Simmons, Joan Fontaine and Piper Laurie. Good supporting cast as well. Recommended highly.
- Old Flick Fan
This is a great war/love movie, and all the actors shine in it. I'd like to see this shown at least once a year on TCM. They just don't make 'em like this anymore!