The Long Voyage Home
The Long Voyage Home (1940)

Four one-act plays by Eugene O'Neill form the basis of John Ford's World War II drama about the lives of merchant seamen. John Wayne stars as Ole Olsen, a young Swede attempting to get home as the rest of his crew prepares for shore… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 11, 1940
DVD Release Date: June 6, 2006
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

One of the finest of all the movies that deal with life at sea, and one of the most successful of all attempts to put Eugene O'Neill on film ...

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Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Less a plot-driven movie than a meandering look at the nomadic men who make their lives on the high seas for various reasons.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

Features beautiful cinematography by Gregg Toland, no-frills direction by [John] Ford, and a great cast.

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Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

It's not the most focused and sustained movie, but the solid acting and elegant direction elevate this to another level. What could have been a routine melodrama ends up being quite a classy production.

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Emanuel Levy

Shot by master cinematographer Gregg Toland, this is one of John Ford's most visually expressive film, one that also features the young John Wayne in a strong performance

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Lesser John Ford, but still a haunting production.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

An eerily beautiful wartime film.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mainly noted for the quality innovative photography done by cinematographer Gregg Toland.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
A year before the United States entered WW2 (although it was already hot over in Europe) comes this adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's look at the lives… More
Sean Gillespie
Story of a mixed bunch a merchant sailors. It's funny to hear John Wayne play a Swede. His accent is almost as bad as Jamie Lee Curtis's one in… More
Conner Rainwater
I really love this movie for being so completely unique and moody. The cinematography is absolutely breathtaking and the way John Ford manipulates the camera is… More
John Ballantine
Dreadfully dull tale featuring a very young John Wayne talking about probably the most boring cross Atlantic trip ever taken. Someone is a German spy on board… More