Until They Sail

Until They Sail

DVD - 2011
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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.

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akirakato
Jan 22, 2015

This is a 1957 American drama directed by Robert Wise.
It focuses on four New Zealand sisters (Jean Simmons, Joan Fontaine, Piper Laurie, Sandra Dee) and their relationships with U.S. Marines during World War II.
The film begins with a courtroom scene and continues as Barbara's flashback.
As Barbara, Jean Simmons looks like a serious young woman with certain standards and nevertheless finds herself drawn to the cynical Newman character.
Four sisters watch their husbands and boyfriends go off to war and meet different fates.
The central story is the romance between the widowed Barbara and an American marine (Newman).
It moves somewhat slowly and has a tendency to be talky.
The performances are uneven.
Laurie, a vibrant actress, seems as if she belongs to a different family---much more American than a New Zealand resident.
Fontaine gives a gentle portrayal of a woman who finds love later in her life.
At first, 40-year-old Fontaine and 13-year-old Sandra Dee as sisters sounds a little far fetched, but the pairing actually plays out believably on screen.
The age difference translates into a believable mother-daughter type of sisterly relationship, which is appropriate since Fontaine's character has been left to tend to her three sisters after her parents' death.
The sisters' relationships with the U.S marines seem a little implausible, or at the very least, ahead of its time.

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ManMachine
Mar 05, 2014

Believe me, this 1957 turd is such an excessively sloppy piece of sappy, soap opera, junk that it truly defies rational common-sense thinking.

I don't know what the producers of this reeking, rotting WW2 drama were hoping to accomplish through telling this one's demented story, but, it sure looked to me like they were saying - "Hey! All you horny, American Marines, New Zealand girls are real easy!" (nudge-nudge-wink-wink)

Until They Sail's asininity is told mainly in flashbacks which covers the years from 1941 (when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor) to 1945.

Set in the quaint, New Zealand town of Christchurch, this story of seduction, scandal, and, yes, murder, focuses in on the 4 Leslie sisters and how their tiresome schmaltz fits into the scheme of things.

The painfully predictable interactions that take place between the Leslie sisters and the boys of the merry Marines is so frickin' cliched, and so trite, and, yes, so demented that it's enough to turn any thinking person (in their right mind) completely sick to the very pit of their stomach.

This decidedly dumb picture may have featured a big-name cast headlined by Paul Newman & Jean Simmons, but its story sucked, big-time, and the presence of these actors did absolutely nothing to improve the sheer tediousness of Until They Sail's melodramatics by even one iota.

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