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Until They Sail (1957)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, War | 14 November 1957 (Australia)
During WW2, husband-less New Zealand women meet and marry American soldiers who are fighting in the Pacific theater.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Robert Anderson (screenplay), James A. Michener (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Simmons ... Barbara Leslie Forbes
Joan Fontaine ... Anne Leslie
Paul Newman ... Capt. Jack Harding
Piper Laurie ... Delia Leslie Friskett
Charles Drake ... Capt. Richard Bates
Sandra Dee ... Evelyn Leslie
Wally Cassell ... Phil Friskett aka Shiner
Alan Napier ... Prosecution Attorney
Ralph Votrian ... Max Murphy
John Wilder ... Tommy
Tige Andrews ... US Marine, Store Customer
Adam Kennedy Adam Kennedy ... Andy, Delia's Lover
Mickey Shaughnessy ... US Marine, Store Customer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Patrick Macnee ... Pvt. Duff (scenes deleted)
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Four sisters in New Zealand fall for four U.S. soldiers en route to the Pacific theater in WWII Written by johnno.r@xtra.co.nz

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

They Couldn't Have The Love They Wanted, So They Took The Love They Could Get!

Genres:

Drama | Romance | War

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1957 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Famintas de Amor See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,841,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)| Perspecta Stereo | 4-Track Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Aspen Pictures, owned by Mark Robson and Robert Wise, bought two stories from James A. Michener's anthology "Return to Paradise." After Robson filmed one of the stories as "Return to Paradise" with Gary Cooper, they ran out of funding and had to sell the rights to the other story, "Until They Sail" to Burt Lancaster. Some years later the it ended up with Charles Schnee at MGM. By then Wise was at Metro and requested to film the property. See more »

Goofs

The movie takes place in New Zealand. Toward the end of the movie, one of the sisters and her son are flying away. The registration on the aircraft is SU-AAC. "SU" is the registration letters for aircraft certified in Egypt. See more »

Quotes

Barbara Leslie Forbes: [Last lines] If my father could read the history of his daughters...
Capt. Jack Harding: He'd understand.
Barbara Leslie Forbes: As they say, to understand is to forgive. Or is it, to understand is not to forgive? I can never remember.
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References Mutiny on the Bounty (1935) See more »

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Until They Sail
Music by David Raksin
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Eydie Gormé
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Excellent ensemble acting with an intelligent script
25 August 1999 | by acameraSee all my reviews

War starts, the New Zealand men go off to fight, and four sisters are left to cope with that- and the arrival of the American fleet! It sounds like a recipe for the most hackneyed sort of wartime romance weepie, but this film is certainly not that.

First, this is an ensemble movie, where no one 'star' dominates. From Paul Newman (probably the best-remembered name now) on, we are given a whole clutch of accomplished and finely nuanced performances.

The cinematography is superbly judged: this is one of those lovingly observed pictures where a shot of 'two people talking' is rarely just that; the backgrounds and choice of shots are a delight. This must be viewed in the original format, not 'scanned'!

The script is intelligent and daring. Sexual topics such as promiscuity and having children outside marriage are dealt with in a surprisingly straightforward and sophisticated manner for a 1950s movie. And, it must be said, they are dealt with in a human and sympathetic fashion. There is no hint of the lurid sensationalism nor of the tight-arsed repressiveness that films of this era often display when dealing with such subject matter.

In a situation where the old well-patterned expectations have gone by the board, the sisters attempt to keep track of their universe with a wall-map of the world on which they plot where their men are now. The scope of this exercise is enlarged to include the dead, and then American 'friends'. Ultimately, the map is screwed up and thrown on the fire as the old world- including the old moral universe- goes up in smoke.

The only jarring note is the plot device allowing the film to open and close with a murder trial. One of the sisters has married a 'local'- clearly marked as unsuitable by his working class tones and chest hair! The relationship ends in worse than tears. This element of the film has all the sophistication of an Enid Blyton 'Famous Five' childrens book, and sits uneasily in such an- otherwise- intelligent performance!


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