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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.

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Faye Dunaway
as Denise Kreisler
Max von Sydow
as Captain Schroeder
Oskar Werner
as Professor Egon Kreisler
Orson Welles
as Estedes
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
Brian Gilbert
as Laurence Schulman
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 (12)

While the film does have its drawbacks, it is an enlightening look back.

May 26, 2020 | Full Review…

[The actors] all do their best but the cliche ridden, on the nose, boom, boom, boom screenplay defeats nearly all of them.

November 4, 2019 | Full Review…

Besides carrying the impact of an issue morally greater than the fate of individuals, the film is a study in personal heroism, cowardice, dignity, fear, hope and betrayal.

October 25, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

October 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

September 26, 2013 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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

June 24, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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
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


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
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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