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Between Two Worlds

1944 1h 52m Fantasy List
Reviews 67% Audience Score 250+ Ratings In London during World War II, married couple Henry (Paul Henreid) and Ann Bergner (Eleanor Parker) decide to commit suicide instead of waiting to be killed in a Nazi air raid. After carrying out their decision, the Bergners awake to find themselves on a large, mysterious ship with several other passengers. The ship's steward, Scrubby (Edmund Gwenn), informs them that the vessel is where the dead come to be judged. The passengers now must await the fate handed down to them by the Examiner. Read More Read Less

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Bosley Crowther New York Times Fascinating in its fanciful treatment of death, and response to its spiritual enchantment may be expected from this picture. Rated: 3/5 Nov 3, 2007 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A turgid but competent remake of Outward Bound (1930). Rated: B- Mar 29, 2016 Full Review Christopher Null Filmcritic.com Rated: 2.5/5 Nov 3, 2007 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Strong acting and a heck of a premise. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/17/24 Full Review Dave S In Between Two Worlds, a group of nine individuals find themselves aboard a mysterious ship that floats in the dangerous waters of the Atlantic Ocean during WW2. Things turn from odd to downright confounding when they eventually figure out that they are all dead and awaiting judgement for their destination in the afterlife. The first half of the movie is a bit of a slog, filled with overwrought performances, an annoying and soppy score, and plenty of truly awkward dialogue. Things pick up in the second half when the Examiner (Sydney Greenstreet) arrives to pass judgement and the weary travelers are forced to justify their actions in life. It's an uneven affair, to say the least, but if you can survive the sloppy first hour, it eventually pays dividends for the patient viewer. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 05/09/23 Full Review Frances H I remember seeing this movie on the 10 am morning movies we watched in the summertime when home from school back in the 50s & 60s in Pittsburgh, Pa. What a terrific cast and an unusual plot. such a good movie about life and death, and Sidney Greenstreet in an unusual role for him. Well worth the watch! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/12/21 Full Review Audience Member A group of dead people await their after-life fate aboard a purgatory cruise ship. Talky and not full of great ideas, but a super cast makes this interesting enough. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review ashley h Between Two Worlds is a disappointing film. It is about passengers on an ocean liner who can't recall how they got on board or where they are going yet. John Garfield and Paul Henreid give terrible performances. The screenplay is badly written. Edward A. Blatt did a horrible job directing this movie. I was not impressed with this motion picture. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Tom M Starts very slowly and dull and spoiler is given far too early. Greenstreet's arrival halfway through movie as the 'Interviewer' is very welcome. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/19/20 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In London during World War II, married couple Henry (Paul Henreid) and Ann Bergner (Eleanor Parker) decide to commit suicide instead of waiting to be killed in a Nazi air raid. After carrying out their decision, the Bergners awake to find themselves on a large, mysterious ship with several other passengers. The ship's steward, Scrubby (Edmund Gwenn), informs them that the vessel is where the dead come to be judged. The passengers now must await the fate handed down to them by the Examiner.
Director
Edward A. Blatt
Producer
Mark Hellinger
Screenwriter
Daniel Fuchs
Production Co
Warner Brothers/Seven Arts
Genre
Fantasy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Dec 16, 2016
Runtime
1h 52m