Until They Sail

A bittersweet story of sisters embracing love in a time of war.
Until They Sail
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 35 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released: July 1, 2011
  • Originally Released: 1957
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
  • Audio:
    • English

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 6


User Ratings: 135
The film explores the themes of relationships and sexual morality in the time of war and is based on the novel by James A Michener. Full Review
Jun 17, 2008
Rating: C+ -- It's a soap opera love story that delves into questions about morality during wartime. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Sep 10, 2007
Rating: 2.5/4 -- Good love scenes between Newman and Simmons contributed strongly to his becoming a matinee idol when this picture was released. Full Review
TV Guide
Jun 17, 2008
Rating: 2/5 -- Unfortunately there is a good deal of introspective soul-searching before this narrative arrives at its sad and happy endings. Full Review
New York Times
Jun 17, 2008
Better than most of the soap operas it resembles, this tells of the wartime romances and heartaches of four New Zealand sisters and says one or two uncommonly blunt things... Full Review
Maclean's Magazine
Jan 7, 2020
Rating: C+ -- Robert Wise directs Paul Newman for the second time (after Somebody Up There Like Me) in this New Zealand-set WWII sentimental melodrama, which is worth seeing for the acting of Newman and Jean Simmons as his love interest. Full Review
Jul 29, 2009

Description by OLDIES.com:

The men of New Zealand march off to war, leaving behind cities and villages filled with women and loneliness. In time, new men come ashore: U.S. Marines facing uncertain futures in Pacific battles yet to come. And new loves -- tender or tragic, transitory or lasting -- begin to flower.

A constellation of stars shines in a bittersweet James A. Michener story of sisters (Jean Simmons, Joan Fontaine, Piper Laurie and Sandra Dee) embracing love in a time of war, but it's the sensitive romance between a war widow (Simmons) and a jaded captain (Paul Newman, establishing his credentials as a screen heartthrob) that forms the tale's poignant heart. Under the sensitive direction of Robert Wise (who directed Newman the year before in his breakthrough Somebody Up There Likes Me), the memories of a lifetime are formed Until They Sail.

Product Description:

Based on a James Michener story, UNTIL THEY SAIL tells the romantic story of four New Zealand sisters during World War II and their involvement with American soldiers. Sisters Barbara (Jean Simmons), Anne (Joan Fontaine), Delia (Piper Laurie), and Evelyn (Sandra Dee in her first movie) are lonely for male companionship. Their father and brother are killed, as is Barbara's husband, while Delia's husband, Shiner (Wally Cassell), is a prisoner of war. Each sister finds herself soon involved with an American soldier--with Delia involved with more than one. Anne, a spinster who has kept love at arm's length--finds herself in love with U.S. Marine officer Captain Richard Bates (Charles Drake), but when she becomes pregnant, he is killed before they can be married. In this tragic aftermath, Barbara and another captain, Jack Harding (Paul Newman), engage in a platonic love affair, dictated by Jack's hardened outlook on life and love. To further complicate matters, Delia asks Shiner for a divorce, a decision that results in a catastrophic event that changes all of their lives forever. Director Robert Wise's streamlined directing style, founded on his training and expertise as an editor on suchfilms as CITIZEN KANE, is in full swing in this taut, dramatic war picture.

Plot Synopsis:

Four sisters in New Zealand deal with the absence of their men during World War II by becoming involved in liaisons with the American GIs stationed near their home. The film takes a straightforward look at the dislocations of war and the way it effects the choices people make with their lives.


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  • Sales Rank: 3,792
  • UPC: 883316331217
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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