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The Journey (1959)

Deborah Kerr , Yul Brynner , Anatole Litvak  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Deborah Kerr, Yul Brynner, Jason Robards, Jr., Robert Morley
  • Directors: Anatole Litvak
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: July 5, 2012
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0089BSMXE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,819 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Journey" on IMDb

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In 1956, a band of international refugees flee Budapest, escaping the bloodshed of the Hungarian uprising. Among them are Lady Diana Ashmore (Deborah Kerr) and her lover, Hungarian Paul Kedes (Jason Robards, Jr.), who is forced to hide both his nationality and the wound he suffered in a street battle. The frightened refugees are halted at the Austrian border by Soviet Major Surov (Yul Brynner). Surov finds himself drawn to Diana as he interrogates the refugees in a hunt for suspicious persons. If Paul is discovered, everyone's life may be in danger. The Journey reunites Kerr and Brynner three years after they won acclaim in The King and I. Filmed on the Austro-Hungarian border by Anatole Litvak, this blend of Cold War thriller and human drama is "exciting…an absorbing romantic adventure…a taut and tearing account of a plausible border incident" (Bosley Crowther, The New York Times).

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Major and I August 18, 2012
How will Lady Ashmore save her Hungarian freedom fighting lover from the cruel clutches of the evil Soviet Major? That's the central question in this 1959 MetroColor romance/adventure story set against the background of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

Versatile Yul Brenner (1920-85) plays the Russian Major. Brenner could play an Egyptian Prince ("The 10 Commandments"), a Jewish King ("Solomon and Sheba"), a gunslinger ("The Magnificent Seven"), an Asian ("The King and I"), a robot ("Westworld"), and a Ukrainian warlord ("Taras Bulba"). In 1956 he received the distinction of a NBR Award for his performances in 3 films - "The King and I", "Anastasia", and "The 10 Commandments", and won the Oscar that year for "The King and I".

Deborah Kerr (1921-2007) plays Lady Ashmore. Kerr was nominated 6 times for an Oscar ("Sundowners", "Separate Tables", "Heaven Knows Mr. Allison", "The King and I', "From Here to Eternity", "Edward My Son") but never won.

FWIW - Kerr and Brynner had been in the highly successful "The King and I" three years earlier, but their chemistry in that film is not re-captured here. Apparently the chemistry was there for Brynner and director Litvak who also teamed to make the highly successful "Anastasia" (1956).

Jason Robards Jr. (1922-2000) debuts as a Hungarian freedom fighter. The son of a popular film star from the 20s and 30s, Robards won two Oscars ("All the President's Men", "Julia"), received the Best Actor Award at Cannes in 1962 for "Long Day's Journey Into Night", and won an Emmy for "Inherit the Wind" (1988).

Kerr and Robards are two passengers on a bus bound from Budapest to Vienna, stopped at a customs check point controlled by Brynner. Some of the other passengers include -

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another forgotten war July 23, 2011
I had the opportunity to talk more than 50 years ago with a survivor
of the Hungarian uprising - the film deals with empathy with men
trapped in tragic situations trying to do the best they can. Even Russian
soldiers are treated like human beings not monsters.

I had seeen the film in Spain and think they have cut-off some scenes
from the original film but it is still excellent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I first saw this movie over thirty years ago, and was afraid that it wouldn't hold up to my memories of it. It was every bit as good, as passionate, and as tense. Deborah Kerr's character shines with integrity, among a loathsome group of cowards who would throw her to the wolf (Yul Brenner) to save their skins. And Yul Brenner's Soviet commandant redeems himself with bold and tragic integrity, and leaves one saddened and enobled at the end. Fabulous movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good September 17, 2012
I've waited years for this movie to come to disc and before that on VHS.

Was not disappointed. Quality was good. Plenty of excellent character actors in the movie, including an almost toddler age Ron Howard.

Very satisfying story line.

Worth watching over and over just to enjoy the connection between Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. Same thing was on spectacular display in The King and I.

I don't think they even make movie stars like these two anymore.

Worth every cent.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly poignant, Yul at his best March 29, 2013
Said it all in my review title,Profoundly poignant, this is Yul's best. It is such a moving, human story, I think it ruins a film of this quality to say too much about the plot - please see it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Cold War Love Story August 17, 2013
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This movie concerned the Hungarian uprising against the occupation of the USSR during the 1956 era.
Deborah Kerr plays the lovely English lady smuggling a Hungarian agent from under the Russian Commander of the
area.The Russian Commander is played by a complicated man, Yul Brynner.Trapped in a hotel with other people
who want to reach the Austrian border...a romance develops mainly on Yul's part toward Deborah.She is the type
of woman that is unaccessable to him.Besides , a good story, they are trapped with an excellent cast.
Robert Morley,Jason Robards Jr. to name a few.The story takes place more than fifty years ago but with acting
you are immediately drawn into the story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film June 25, 2013
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It is a very beautiful film... I am very happy that old films can be on DVD now so we can enjoy old memories. I have looked at this movie about 10 times. Really great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie...
This is the movie i have been waiting to watch againnn. finally its here... I was young then and fell in love with the role of Yull Bryner... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Asti A. Gulbey
5.0 out of 5 stars Some say... but I say...
There have been negative reviews by, "the critics" but I like this movie. I think Yul Brynner was great in it and of course, Deborah Kerr plays the lady she is/was so well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by England's own.
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie long wanted...
I loved this film when I saw it many years ago. I have looked futilely for it for years. Now I have it. Yay!
Published 2 months ago by Pat Molitor
5.0 out of 5 stars The Journey
Yul is out of this world in this movie, but then he is great in everything he did. Deborah is perfect fit in this vehicle.
Published 2 months ago by S. Flynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it as a teenager
I still enjoyed it this time through. I will not spoil it by giving a synopsis, but Brynner is terrific and Deborah Kerr is also a great addition to the cast.
Published 3 months ago by K. M.
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Yul Brynner film by far!
No one I know has seen this movie but I LOVE Yule Brynner and Deborah Kerr in this movie! The chemistry between the two of them is palpable throughout the film! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jinny jung
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, the DVD of The Journey
I have been waiting for this film for a long time. I consider it a classic because of the stellar cast and the historic background. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Miriam
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
I love both Deborah Kerr & Yul Brynner & I loved this movie when I first saw it years ago
Published 7 months ago by Amanda Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Received quickly and in excellent condition. It's been many years since I'd seen this movie but it is just as I remembered it. Vintage and terrific!
Published 8 months ago by Auntie Mame
5.0 out of 5 stars A very unbelievable movie
I had seen this movie many many years and remembered how wonderful the cast and the story line was. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kitten
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