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277 Ratings

The Long Voyage Home

Directed by John Ford
United States, 1940
War, Drama


Aboard the freighter Glencairn, the lives of the crew are lived out in fear, loneliness, suspicion and cameraderie.

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The Long Voyage Home Directed by John Ford

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1941 | 6 nominations including: Best Picture

National Board of Review

1940 | Winner: Top Ten Films

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1940 | Winner: Best Director

1940 | 2nd place: Best Actor

Critics reviews

At points the film feels like a workshop, to try out techniques Ford was unable to use on his bigger studio pictures, which gives The Long Voyage Home its patchwork quality. And yet Dudley Nichols’ sensitive script is able to tie the anecdotal structure together, and it remains a profoundly moving experience of unmoored men at sea, fruitlessly trying to claw back to land.
October 13, 2015
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One of the greatest examples of the Hollywood system at work, THE LONG VOYAGE HOME is a conflation of several great artists at their peak. At the time, Eugene O’Neill was the most prominent name connected to the picture: He had won the Nobel Prize for Literature four years earlier, and his invaluable contribution to American letters (finding poetic depths in depraved and downtrodden lives) already saw pervasive influence on modern drama.
August 16, 2013
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This rambling, melancholy tale about the lonely lives of merchant seamen is certainly expressionistic, and the raw emotions it expresses are unusually direct for Ford. O’Neill himself loved the film, and not because it’s at all faithful to the letter of his work (the action has been updated from the teens to the present), though it’s as doom-ridden and as riddled with despair as one would expect any good O’Neill adaptation to be.
December 01, 2007
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