The Last Voyage


Action / Adventure

IMDb Rating 6.6


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91 min
P/S 0 / 1

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Reviewed by Doylenf 7

A good decade before the disaster films of the &#39;70s we had this engrossing, tightly knit disaster film about a luxury passenger liner&#39;s last voyage after a fire and explosions make it sinkable.<br/><br/>George Sanders is the Captain who doesn&#39;t want to alert the passengers and thinks the fire can be contained before things get worse. Robert Stack is traveling with his wife and daughter and having a wonderful time until they learn the hard way that the ship is doomed. Most of the film has him trying to find someone help him rescue his wife who becomes trapped beneath some steel girders. Fortunately for him, Woody Strode agrees to help and most of the suspense deals with their efforts to free her despite no help from the Captain or his crew--until Edmond O&#39;Brien joins forces with them to free her.<br/><br/>All of the details are realistic and certainly the actors had to undergo some uncomfortable physical demands in going through their paces. Woody Strode is impressive both physically and otherwise as the man who gives his all to help Stack. He and Robert Stack give the strongest performances in their physically demanding roles.<br/><br/>George Sanders is rather bland as the stubborn Captain but since most of the action concerns Stack and his efforts to free Malone, it doesn&#39;t matter too much. Dorothy Malone is impressive as the woman who tells her husband and daughter to save themselves before it&#39;s too late.<br/><br/>A very engrossing thriller...but one that had me squirming uncomfortably while watching situations that seemed painfully real. A forerunner of James Cameron&#39;s TITANIC, it tells the tale in a swift one hour and thirty minutes with some of the action filmed aboard the real Ile de France.

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Reviewed by bkoganbing 7

Andrew and Virginia Stone, the husband and wife creative team who conceived and made the film The Last Voyage had the good fortune to use a real ocean liner in their film. No miniatures for their special effects which got The Last Voyage its only recognition from the Academy.<br/><br/>That harbinger of bad luck named Murphy must have been on the passenger roster of the S.S. Claridon which was captained by George Sanders because the law he espoused was operating full tilt on this trans-Pacific voyage. It all starts with fire in the boiler room which leads to a series of bad luck and bad decisions. <br/><br/>The story of the doomed ship Claridon proceeds on a double track. There is the story of the ship sinking itself and particularly the clash with Captain Sanders and Engineer Edmond O&#39;Brien. The second is the personal story of Robert Stack who with wife Dorothy Malone and their little girl Tammy Marihugh are traveling to Tokyo for Stack&#39;s job. When an explosion occurs both Malone and the little girl are trapped in the cabin. With all that&#39;s going on around Stack finds precious little help for his family&#39;s personal plight.<br/><br/>The Last Voyage is a tightly paced drama which does not waste a second of film frame in the telling of its story. Best in the film I think is Malone who is just brilliant as the woman coming to grips with an impending doom. Honorable mention should also go to Woody Strode who plays a ship&#39;s stoker who renders needed assistance to Stack in his hour of trial.<br/><br/>The Last Voyage was nominated for Best Special Effects, but lost to the only other film nominated that year, George Pal&#39;s The Time Machine. I&#39;d hated to have been an Academy voter that year and have to make that choice.<br/><br/>Five years earlier the Andrea Doria disaster had happened only minutes from New York harbor. The stories from that sea disaster were fresh in the public mind, let alone the story of the Titanic.<br/><br/>Fifty years after it was released The Last Voyage holds up well and even the technology changes haven&#39;t dated this film one bit. This one is highly recommended.

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Reviewed by zugbugfshr 7

I am a retired U.S. Navy Captain, an Engineering Duty Officer who ran shipyards for many years and was Chief Engineer of an aircraft carrier. Ships and what make them tick were my thing for 30 years. I trained for the disaster depicted in &quot;The Last Voyage&quot; for many years and fortunately never encountered it.<br/><br/>I can tell you with some expertise that this is the most realistic film of this genre ever made. I was astounded watching it. They actually got most of the terminology and sequence of events correct. Edmund O&#39;Brien made a convincing Engineer. It could almost be a training film for: &gt; attempting to manually trip a boiler safety valve &gt; shoring up a bulkhead in an adjacent flooded space etc.<br/><br/>If you want to see what something like this might be like, watch this film. I also found the ending pretty suspenseful - I wasn&#39;t quite sure who was going to live, and who was going to die.

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