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Long Voyage Home [DVD] [1941] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O179JA
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Strange little movie. Not a great deal happens but story is thoughtful and stays with one almost permanently.
Well worth a look
Classic John Ford photostyle in dark atmospheric story.
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Good movie ,one of his best non western
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I liked this excellent 1940 drama about sailors A LOT and I found it very moving. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

PRECISION: this is a Region 1 NTSC DVD - it will not play on Region 2 equipments.

In early 1940 British cargo s/s "Glencairn" goes from West Indies to Baltimore and from there to England. She carries a dangerous load and sails alone, unescorted - and as German U-Boats and long range Focke-Wulf "Condor" bombers are roaming the Western Approaches it will be one helluva long voyage home... But this is not the only reason for the title of this film and in fact this perilous Atlantic crossing is not the most important element - it is just the frame for the real painting.

The real long voyage home is that of two troubled souls amongst the crew. One of them, an Englishman called Smitty Smith (Ian Hunter) is a brooding loner who clearly has something sinister to hide... I will not say anything more about him... The other one is a Swedish guy, Ole Olsen (John Wayne) who once, when he was still a boy, ran away from his pig farm to see the world and sailed the seven seas ever since. Ole Olsen is a very simple guy, very gullible, naive, disarmingly gentle and always smiling - he is maybe not exactly a simpleton, but almost...

For many years now Ole Olsen was trying to go home to his aged mother, who in her letters more and more desperately pleads with him to come back, as she is sick and she would like to see him at least once more before dying - and at the end of every voyage Ole Olsen sets to go home, it's just that he always "takes a drink... then another drink... then another drink..." and all of a sudden he finds himself completely broke and must postpone his return...
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Over the years i thought i was ,at least,a john wayne fan as i have loved the big man for so long and also thought i knew about most of his movies,but this is one i never even heard of ,let alone seen ,until 2 years ago when i spotted it on amazon.I bought it as quick as i could and i am so glad i did.This tells of life at sea for a diverse set of characters.They range from the fleeing englishman(Ian hunter),the sea weary irishmen(thomas mitchell and barry fitzgerald) to the young homesick swede,yes swede,(john wayne).Although the accent by wayne may be dodgy he still makes him an endearing character.All of the crew,including ward bond,arthur shields and john qualen have their moments but wayne is the centre of the piece as all his mates try to make sure that this time he gets home to his mother.It may not sound it but it is an absorbing watch and you will be glad you discovered it too.There is one extra "serenity at sea:John Ford and the Araner"(13:18) which,although nothing to do with the movie,is about the boat that Ford and his friends pass the time on while also doing secret work in the war effort,strangely a lot of the faces on Fords boat are not shown.This is a throwaway extra but the movie is well worth seeing.
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I say this film is unique for me because of two characteristics:
1) It is a John Ford film and, as such, is unique in that I actually like it (I usually find his films overblown, bombastic and unconvincing - rather like the man himself); and
2) John "More Wooden than the Armada" Wayne actually manages to give a good performance.

The film concerns the lives and doings of the crew of the British tramp steamer "Glencairn", conscripted during the early years of WW11 to freight a cargo of munitions from America to Britain. They are a mixed bunch of ne'er-do-wells, reminiscent of the sort of characters you find in a Shakespeare play - the English deckhand Smithy (Ian Hunter), a hopeless alcoholic; the Irish Steward Cocky (the gnomic Barry Fitzgerald), a recovered alcoholic and the Wise man of the crew; Ole Olsen (Wayne), a simple but good-hearted Swede who is dunroamin and intends to return to his Swedish farm once the voyage is over; Yank (Ward Bond), another deck-hand, haunted by his violent past; and the crusty old Captain (Wilfrid Lawson), who has to try and find a way to stop the lot of them drinking and fighting long enough to get the boat to blighty.
The film, made in 1940, was based upon four of Eugene O'Neill's earliest works, and the worst you can say about it is that the characters are a bit too extreme to be believable - not even Millwall supporters drink and fight quite as much as this lot. For the rest, it is a remarkably effective film.
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Very pleased with dvd.THE LONG VOYAGE HOME.No complaints,thankyou. Terence Davies.
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