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Now, Voyager

Released Oct 22, 1942 1h 57m Drama List
91% Tomatometer 35 Reviews 90% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings
Boston heiress Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is a neurotic mess, largely because of her domineering mother (Gladys Cooper). But after a stint in a sanatorium where she receives the attention of Dr. Jasquith (Claude Rains), Charlotte comes out of her shell and elects to go on a cruise. Aboard ship she meets Jerry (Paul Henreid) and falls in love, despite his being married. They enjoy a brief tryst in Rio before returning to the States, where Charlotte struggles to forget him and find happiness. Read More Read Less
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Now, Voyager is a Hollywood swooner with Bette Davis and Paul Henreid in a melodrama to end all melomers.

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Kevin Maher Times (UK) Davis gives a captivating career-high turn as Charlotte Vale... Jul 21, 2022 Full Review Peter Bradshaw Guardian This film is exquisitely crafted and passionately acted. Rated: 5/5 Aug 4, 2021 Full Review Age Staff The Age (Australia) Bette Davis, as the neurotic daughter, Claude Rains, the doctor, and Paul Henreid, combine to make a fine production. Nov 19, 2020 Full Review Zita Short InSession Film It fits within the genre and it is a great show for Davis’s talents. Feb 7, 2023 Full Review Jorge Luis Borges Sur It was directed by a certain Irving Rapper, who, quite possibly, may not be a fool. Unfortunately, this is how they degrade the tragic heroine of The Little Foxes, The Letter, Of Human Bondage. Dec 15, 2021 Full Review Sue Heal Radio Times This is a movie in which all the elements come together in perfect harmony to give an essentially hackneyed theme the imprint of greatness. Rated: 5/5 Sep 14, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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David K Not a huge Bette Davis fan but I watched this again recently and thought it hits near classic status. The lines at the end will always be iconic, but the movie gets just a tad too pat, too wonderful in a way unique to the Golden Age of Hollywood. That knocks it down just a peg for me. This is one of Davis' better roles, though. I actually like her in it. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/15/24 Full Review Alec B Davis gives a remarkable performance both big and filled with subtle nuances. The over-quoted ending scene feels a bit silly but most of what comes before is a convincing narrative about becoming the best version of oneself even if that means alienating others. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/09/24 Full Review Deb C The outstanding performances by Bette Davis, Claude Rains and Paul Henreid are often cited, as they should be. But the performances I love best in this film I so often watch are those of Gladys Cooper as the epitome of a controlling mother and that of Mary Wickes as the nurse, Dora. "Dora, I suspect you're a treasure." Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/09/23 Full Review Byron P Good entertainment- good characters & performances. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 04/22/23 Full Review Russ Chick Flick starring the tough-on-the-eyes and always insufferable Bette Davis, who couldn't act and couldn't even spell "Betty." Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 04/12/23 Full Review David F This effortfully romantic film about a young though aging single woman who's pretty much terrorized by her mother in her gilded cage has a dollop of romance and an extra large helping of psychoanalysis. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Boston heiress Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is a neurotic mess, largely because of her domineering mother (Gladys Cooper). But after a stint in a sanatorium where she receives the attention of Dr. Jasquith (Claude Rains), Charlotte comes out of her shell and elects to go on a cruise. Aboard ship she meets Jerry (Paul Henreid) and falls in love, despite his being married. They enjoy a brief tryst in Rio before returning to the States, where Charlotte struggles to forget him and find happiness.
Director
Irving Rapper
Producer
Hal B. Wallis
Screenwriter
Olive Higgins Prouty, Casey Robinson
Production Co
Warner Brothers
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 22, 1942, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 1, 2009
Runtime
1h 57m
Sound Mix
Mono
Aspect Ratio
35mm
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