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Now, Voyager [DVD] [1942] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Bette Davis , Paul Henreid , Irving Rapper    DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper, Bonita Granville
  • Directors: Irving Rapper
  • Writers: Casey Robinson, Olive Higgins Prouty
  • Producers: Hal B. Wallis
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Nov 2001
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NRO1
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,064 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In this 1942 melodrama, founded on the novel by Olivia Higgins Prouty (who also wrote the novel on which Stella Dallas was based), Bette Davis stars as Charlotte Vale, a dowdy, repressed woman who, overwhelmed by her domineering mother, is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She finds help at a sanatorium from a kind psychiatrist (Claude Rains), who turns her into a beautiful, confident woman. As a new person, she takes a pleasure cruise, where she meets Jerry (Paul Henreid), an architect trapped in an unhappy marriage, saddled with a troubled daughter. The two fall in love but, of course, the romance is doomed. Yet their paths cross on occasion, and, despite their feelings, Charlotte finds satisfaction in helping Jerry's depressed child. The film will seem familiar to new viewers--the campy style was the pattern for many tearjerkers to come and its most famous line has been oft repeated ("Don't ask for the moon--we have the stars"). But the heartstrings are tugged and as Paul Henreid chivalrously lights two cigarettes and hands one over to the doleful-eyed Davis, pull out the box of tissues--you're gonna need 'em. --Jenny Brown

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Now, Voyager sail thou forth, so seek and find" 23 Jun 2005
By A Customer
Bette Davis was nominated for an Oscar for her performance as the neurotic Boston heiress Charlotte Vale. Davis is indeed in top form here and she imbues her character with just the right amount of anxiousness and gutsyness to make Charlotte both endearing and totally admirable.
The title "Now Voyager" is from two poems by Walt Whitman, The poem that is referred to in the movie, reads, "The untold want by life and land ne'er granted, Now, Voyager sail thou forth, to seek and find." "Now finale to the shore! Now, land and life, finale, and farewell! Now Voyager depart! (much, much for thee is yet in store)."
These lines are particularly apt as they apply to Charlotte's life journey as she casts off the shackles of her domineering, controlling elderly mother, Mrs. Henry Windle Vale (Gladys Cooper) to chart a new course for herself. Her physical makeover, her therapeutic sea voyage, and her steamy love affair with Jerry Durrance, (Paul Henreid) the man of her dreams, eventually turns her into a totally new person.
We first meet Charlotte when she is fat, graying, and bushy eye-browed. She seems to have been relegated to the life of a wizened old spinster. Charlotte has lived her entire life under the thumb her authoritarian, disreputable mother, a mother we're told never wanted Charlotte in the first place. Mrs. Henry Windle Vale expects only the most proper decorum and devotion from her daughter, spurning any kind of frivolity or merriment.
Soon the poor Charlotte has a nervous breakdown, so on the advice of her plucky sister she visits the country retreat of the kindly Dr. Jarquith (Claude Rains), a renowned psychiatrist, for a few months' therapy. At the suggestion of Dr.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Love does not conquer all! 16 Jun 2003
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Now Voyager is one of Bette Davis' best films and one of the great romantic films of all time.I always feel saddened that her character Charlotte Vale never ended up with Jerry Durrance played by Paul Henreid. Jerry was her perfect soulmate especially as she had lived most of her life under the thumb of her tyrannical and domineering mother. But that's why this bittersweet romantic film is entertaining and good viewing even after all these years it's so believable.
The film's 'love does not conquer all,' ending prevents it from being one of those sickly sweet saccharine films with happy endings that Hollywood is too eager to churn out nowadays. I always like watching Charlotte's transformation from dowdy spinster into a beautiful,poised and confident woman unfold itself on the screen. The intensity of her love for Jerry that extends to Jerry's daughter Christina is so moving it always touches my heart to see that. Now Voyager is classic vintage Bette Davis and I would recommend this film to anyone who wanted to see a good Bette Davis film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A glisteneing Hollywood classic 6 Mar 2002
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Now Voyager has been copied and parodied, but never bettered, and it never could be. This is a classic weepie, with Davis at her best. It also features Claude Rains and Paul Henreid, who give good performances, but it's a Davis vehicle, and she steals every scene. Take yourself back to the golden age of Hollywood cinema, which has sadly long since past, with this wonderful film. I challenge you not to have a tear in your eye at the end!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 22 Jan 2001
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Unfortunately I can only award this 1940s weepie some 5 stars - but I'd love to give it more. No matter how many times I hear Bette Davis say "... we have the stars" it still causes a lump in my throat. Ah, they don't make films like they used to. (And just before anyone gets any ideas, I wasn't around when Bond first came on screen!) The leads in this film are magnificently cast and it truly stands the test of time. Best watched with a good friend, a martini and a LARGE box of tissues!!
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Over all this reminded me of a one liner in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)" where Hero says," For us there will never be happiness." Philia replies," We must learn to be happy without it."
This is not as dark as "Dark Victory (1939)." But it is just as intense. And there is no way that you will get me to mention ""Don't ask for the moon--we have the stars" in this review. What makes the movie so intriguing is that you can recognize the characters in real life. I think one of the shockers for me was when Charlotte Vale was forced to remove her eye glasses to find she did not need them. I tried it my self and could not see a thing. Of course by this time most viewers have their glasses off by this time and tissues on their eyes.
See Paul Henreid just as intense as Henry in "Between Two Worlds (1944)"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Beautiful 12 April 2000
By A Customer
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As a lover of old films, this is my all time favourite. I can watch this squillions of times and never get bored with the atmosphere or the story line. This is one of the rare movies of the past that doesn't come across as over-done or cheesy, and makes you feel rather than want to groan with disbelief. Definately Bette Davis at her best!
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A tender love story, a taut psychological drama, an inspiring tale of physical and spiritual transformation. Now, Voyager is all three, as well as a Bette Davis career milestone, resulting in her sixth Best Actress Oscar® nomination. She magically plays Charlotte Vale, a spinster who defies her domineering mother (fellow Oscar® nominee Gladys Cooper) to discover love, heartbreak and eventual contentment.

More magic is generated by a top-notch ensemble, Max Steiner's Academy Award®-winning score and an improvised moment by Paul Henreid that became an instant classic: he lights two cigarettes at once and hands one to Davis. For the ultimate in romantic melodrama, it's Now, Voyager now, then and forever.
THIS FILM HAS A LINE BY Bette Davis as Charlotte Vale: Oh Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the you never once forget that you're watching a movie as if that saying is so real and life is truly like it...
but (Now Voyager) work ?
It treads a fine line between fantasy and honesty it also has The balance of love and despise is what makes the movies so intriguing ..
The story, by today's standards wouldn't raise an eyebrow. At the time it came out, it was a different thing. After all, Jerry was a married man with a daughter and a situation that had no easy solution then. That makes Charlotte Vale suffer after she found her soul mate aboard the ship that served to free herself from a despotic mother.
Bette Davis plays Charlotte to perfection.
Her scenes with Paul Hendried lighting the two cigarettes is something to cherish .
The chemistry that Bette Davis shared with her leading men was no small accomplishment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte Vale's (Bette Davis) coming out party
Over all this reminded me of a one liner in "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" (1966) where Hero says," For us there will never be happiness. Read more
Published on 25 April 2010 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars ow Jerry lets not ask for the moon when we have the stars
Bette Davis was the Queen of Hollywood in the late 30s early 40s and Warner Brothers biggest star. This film thought at times falters just shows all her powers as an actress and... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2008 by Mr. R. J. Macleod
5.0 out of 5 stars A Whole New Smoking Habit
What can be said about this movie that hasn't been said already, by other reviewers? Just that I found it very "forward" for 1942, with a very serious, yet "grown" approach to the... Read more
Published on 17 May 2004 by Jose Carvalho
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever soap opera
If your looking for breath holding romance, glamour,wit and iconic movie stars then look no further than Now Voyager. This film has it all and Bette Davis has never been better. Read more
Published on 9 May 2003 by "aly39"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest films ever made
Anyone with any sensibility would fall for Walt Whitman, wonderful large hats and the greatest film score ever written! Why is it not issued on DVD?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
As an avid fan of this great actress, I find all her films a great watch, but this tops them all. You could watch this again and again and I frequently have. Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2000
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