Until They Sail
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Until They Sail
Adapted by Robert Anderson from a story by James A. Michener, the Robert Wise-directed soaper Until They Sail is set in World-War-II New Zealand. Paul Newman plays been-there-done-that U.S. marine captain Jack Harding, assigned to investigate servicemen's requests to marry local girls. An unemotional cipher, Harding begins to warm up when he meets war widow Barbara Leslie Forbes (Jean Simmons), a woman with three sisters (played by Joan Fontaine, Piper Laurie, and Sandra Dee -- what a gene pool!). The Newman-Simmons relationship is played against the romance between uptight spinster Anne… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unfortunately there is a good deal of introspective soul-searching before this narrative arrives at its sad and happy endings."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Good love scenes between Newman and Simmons contributed strongly to his becoming a matinee idol when this picture was released."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's a soap opera love story that delves into questions about morality during wartime."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"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."
‑ , Film4
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