The Voyage

  • 1973
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

This barely tolerable Loren-Burton soap opera takes place among the wealthy classes in turn-of-the-century Sicily. Loren is in love with Burton, but marries his brother Bannen instead. It turns out that Burton had promised his father on his deathbed to let Bannen marry the girl. Bannen is a weak-willed individual who handily ends up dead in an auto wreck....read more

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This barely tolerable Loren-Burton soap opera takes place among the wealthy classes in turn-of-the-century Sicily. Loren is in love with Burton, but marries his brother Bannen instead. It turns out that Burton had promised his father on his deathbed to let Bannen marry the girl. Bannen is

a weak-willed individual who handily ends up dead in an auto wreck. Loren is left free to mourn until Burton shows up to help her out. Since his beloved suffers from dizzy spells, Burton takes her to specialists. In the best of bad movie traditions, the doctors declare Loren has an incurable

disease that should do her in by the final reel. Burton spends the rest of the film trying to maje her happy. Loren and Burton are boring in the leads, adding nothing to the already wretched material. De Sica, in yet another greatly disappointing effort, manages to evoke the period with some

degree of success but the lifeless treatment of the story is something one would expect from a hack director, not a pioneering master in Italian cinema. This may have been the result of De Sica's ill health, which closed the production for a time. His long-time smoking habit had finally caught up

with him and he had to be operated on for emphysema. He died after the film was completed, making this the great director's final work, though the far superior A BRIEF VACATION, made previous to this, would be his last film released in America. Burton took off a weekend during production, flying

across the North Pole to be at the bedside of his wife, Elizabeth Taylor. Though their well-publicized marriage was coming to an end, she has requested him to come when she underwent emergency surgery. Burton made a 12-hour flight to Los Angeles, spent a night at the hospital, then made another

12-hour flight over the Pole back to the Rome location.

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  • Released: 1973
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This barely tolerable Loren-Burton soap opera takes place among the wealthy classes in turn-of-the-century Sicily. Loren is in love with Burton, but marries his brother Bannen instead. It turns out that Burton had promised his father on his deathbed to let… (more)

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