"Don't let's ask for the moon, We have the stars." (Bette Davis to Paul Henreid)
Academy Awards 1942 -
Best Original Score: Max Steiner
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2006
"NOW, VOYAGER retains its swoony, unconventional romantic lustre..."
Empire - 08/01/2010
"[With] a soaring, heart-swelling score by Max Steiner, Sol Polito's beautiful monochrome cinematography and assured direction from Irving Rapper..."
A shy, sheltered spinster is brought out of her shell by her psychiatrist and falls in love with a handsome, suave man in this tale of romantic tragedy. Academy Award Nominations: 3, including Best Actress--Bette Davis, Best Supporting Actress--Gladys Cooper. Academy Awards: Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture.
Description by Warner Home Video:
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.
Tale of an introverted and frightened woman, long crushed by her domineering mother, who visits a psychotherapist to cure her emotional problems. As a result, she undergoes a dramatic transformation, becoming a confident, exciting, and attractive woman. Desperate for the love she has never experienced, she begins a relationship with a married man -- and becomes very attached to his shy, troubled daughter.