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6.6 out of 10

The Long Voyage Home

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Overall 6

Lots of silly fistfights and drinking, but the threat of a story, too, and GREAT photography

secondtake, IMDb
21 July 2010
  • Summary: The Long Voyage Home (1940) Any movie with Gregg Toland behind the camera is worth watching, with an emphasis on the visual experience. From Wuthering Heights (1939) to the Little Foxes, Ball of Fire, and Citizen Kane (all 1941), in three years, Toland lifted (again) the standards of the best Hollywood could do. This isn't just me saying this, and of course there are other great cinematographers, but if you've seen these movies you know they are exceptional.
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Overall 7

Watch this for Gregg Toland, the real star of the movie!

stalker vogler, IMDb
3 January 2008
  • Summary: I came to this movie expecting a peek into the genius of Gregg Toland, having been a long time fan of Citizen Kane. I was not disappointed at all, the cinematography is excellent throughout, even if the pacing of the movie and its subject make it quite dull. The main problem is that Hollywood had little experience with focusing on a group rather than on a single character, so Ford's attempt is indeed laudable.
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Overall 8


Bill Slocum (bill.slocum@gmail.com), IMDb
16 April 2007
  • Summary: An expressionistic classic featuring John Wayne as a Swede? Can it be? "The Long Voyage Home" may fall just short of classic status, but it is one of Hollywood's most visually expressionistic films, a tone poem of shadow and light presented by director John Ford and cinematographer Gregg Toland. That is indeed the Duke himself, John Wayne, playing a Swedish hayseed named Ole Olsen who the other sailors aboard his ship want to see safely en route to home.
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Overall 8

Nice blend of O'Neill, Nichols, and a touch of Ford

bkoganbing, IMDb
12 May 2006
  • Summary: The Long Voyage Home is a compilation film of four one act plays by Eugene O'Neill who some will argue is America's greatest dramatist. The man who did the stitching together of O'Neill's work about the crew of the S.S. Glencairn is Dudley Nichols and presiding over it all is the direction of John Ford. Mr. Ford is usually someone who really puts an individual stamp on one of his movies. But the usual Ford trademarks are noticeably absent from The Long Voyage Home.
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Overall 10

One of John Ford's best

ArchObler, IMDb
21 October 2002
  • Summary: This expresses a great sadness about the lives of men at sea. Some are doomed to stay forever. One of the goals of the movie is to finally get John Wayne, an innocent Swedish man, off the boats and home to his old mother. It paints such a bleak picture you really root for him, even with Wayne's horrible performance. It goes right for the heartstrings. There's a great performance by Ian Hunter as the fellow who mainly keeps to himself.
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Overall 9

One of John Ford's best. Maybe THE best.

zetes, IMDb
15 May 2002
  • Summary: The Long Voyage home is not a typical film from this period. It differs in that it focuses on an ensemble cast instead of on a star. That's common nowadays, but not back then. Ford's Stagecoach, made the previous year, had quite an ensemble cast, but the film was always focused on Ringo and Dallas. Here, John Wayne is just one of the stars. Thomas Mitchell, who played Doc Washburn in Stagecoach, has a role that's as big as Wayne's in Voyage. Others are as prominent.
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Overall 10

Extraordinarily moving drama from two master dramatists

JimB-4, IMDb
22 October 2001
  • Summary: Reportedly, John Ford's film of The Long Voyage Home was Eugene O'Neill's favorite of all filmed versions of his plays, and it is no task to see why. The worlds of Ford and O'Neill overlap in their use of sentiment, tragicomedy, and the sons of old Ireland. This episodic collection of stories, taken from several short plays written by O'Neill and based on his own seafaring life, does what both O'Neill and Ford do best--unveil the poetry and tragedy of simple men.
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Overall 10

A sea tragedy, minus the iceberg

D.S. Bertolotti (dbertolo@kettering.edu), IMDb
26 May 2000
  • Summary: This film is all that a film should be for it dictates that the human condition is in itself dramatic and tragic enough without exaggerated theatrics. This sea tragedy needs no iceberg. What it does contain is excellent cinematography by Gregg Toland, superb direction by John Ford and a superior script based on the plays of Eugene O'Neill.
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Overall 10

John Wayne as the Swede sailor Ole

Jaime N. Christley, IMDb
26 September 1999
  • Summary: It's strange that the best performance John Wayne ever gave on film was one that was not in a western, where he was not in the lead, and where he did not play, essentially, himself. Ask someone what Wayne's best work as an actor was; they look at you strangely, shrug, and walk away. Whenever he tried an accent or a bunch of makeup, he flopped. Here, though, as the Swede sailor Ole, he fits perfectly.
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Not a typical "John Wayne film",but still excellent

Albert Sanchez Moreno, IMDb
7 August 1999
  • Summary: John Wayne is misleadingly top-billed ,presumably to bring in the crowds who thought they were going to see typical Wayne heroics in this one.He is actually part of an excellent ensemble cast in this film,which has seamlessly adapted by Dudley Nichols from a group of one-act plays by the great Eugene O'Neill.
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