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Voyager (1991)

Sam Shepard , Julie Delpy , Volker Schlondorff  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Shepard, Julie Delpy, Barbara Sukowa, Traci Lind, Deborah-Lee Furness
  • Directors: Volker Schlondorff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Scorpion Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003102JJQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,380 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Voyager" on IMDb

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Oscar nominee Sam Shepard takes on the role of a lifetime in award-winning director Volker Schlondorff's powerful story of a monumental love affair that spanned two generations and six continents. Following a trail of odd coincidences that leads him from a plane crash in Mexico to a transatlantic voyage, engineer Walter Faber (Shepard) meets the beautiful young Sabeth (Julie Delpy). Traveling across Europe together, Faber's life is rejuvenated by Sabeth's love until phantoms from his past confront him with an unbelievable truth.

From the Back Cover

A Journey to Voyager: An Interview with Director Volker Schlondorff
The Last Sabbath: An Interview with Star Julie Delpy
Rudi Wurlitzer Remembers Voyager: Conversation with Writer Wurlitzer, Conducted by Robert Downey, Sr.
Deleted Scenes
Alternate Title Card
Theatrical Trailer

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid, adult drama with an art-house touch May 26, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The English-language title of this film is perhaps a little unfortunate, since it must inevitably lead to confusion with the popular Star Trek spin-off series of the same name, something it has absolutely nothing to do with. In fact, this is the relatively little known and long-awaited adaptation of the Swiss-German bestseller novel Homo Faber, filmed by the German director Volker Schlöndorff, best known internationally for 1979's much acclaimed The Tin Drum.
After having made a name in the seventies and early eighties with a number of outstanding films, Schlöndorff has receded somewhat into the background of late. Nevertheless, his more recent films, including Voyager and 1997's The Ogre (starring John Malkovich), are still very much worthy of attention. The slowly but deliberately paced Voyager is arguably the better of these two, an engaging, absorbing drama set in 1957 and spanning several continents. Sam Shepard plays Walter Faber, a world-weary and somewhat cynical construction engineer in his forties, and also a constant traveler without any real roots, who has a chance encounter in Venezuela with the brother of an old friend from his prewar student days in Switzerland. His return to the United States delayed by unusual circumstances (depicted by Schlöndorff with more than a little irony), he then has a further encounter with the much younger Elisabeth ("Sabeth") Piper, played by Julie Delpy, while aboard ship en route to France. The two find themselves inextricably attracted to one another and a romance ensues - but one that leads to unforeseen complications and twists.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A review of the film HOMO FABER August 25, 2009
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The film Homo Faber is based upon the classic bestseller book by the same name written by the Swiss writer Max Frisch and adapted for the screen by screenwriters Rudi Wurlitzer and Volker Schløndorff with Schløndorff as director. The story of Homo Faber, meaning "the man who creates his own destiny" begins in 1957 but make convincingly flashbacks in sepia tone to the war years in Zurich Switzerland where Faber meets the young Jewish girl Hannah and fall in love with her. Hannah gets pregnant with Faber, tells him about the good news and discovers to her disbelief that Faber sees the pregnancy as very inconvenient to him now that he has received a tempting business proposal to head the building of a hydro electric dam in one of the third world countries. Hannah gets an emotional chock and rejects Faber from the bottom of her heart. In anger and disappointment she now turns to Joachim (played by August Zirner) a common student friend of theirs for support and he marries the pregnant Hannah. (But Faber does not know this then)With a psychological thriller-like opening the story has set the tragic undercurrent which runs through the rest of the film like a dark river.

The role of Faber is genuinely well played by the American actor Sam Shepard. Faber is a man of sciences who believes only in what is calculable and rational, he distrusts emotions and those things happening by chance.

On a flight from Caracas, Venezuela to New York Faber's plane has to ditch down in the Mexican desert due to fire in two of the plane's four propeller engines. While in the Mexican desert Faber coolly opens his travel typewriter and sits down to write a letter of goodbye to his old New York girl friend Ivy (played with conviction by Deborah-Lee Furness).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful... but heartbreaking! October 24, 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I am a great fan of Julie Delpy, which was my main reason for purchasing this video. "Voyager" is a theatrical masterpiece, unlike any other that I have ever seen before. Ms. Delpy gave a stellar performance as Sabeth, in a very emotional and beautiful role.
I absolutely love this video, and I could not be more happier that I decided to purchase it. Yet, by the same token, I must admit I was not quite prepared for the ending... It struck me as sharply, as an unexpected bolt of lightning. Although it was heartbreaking, I must admit that you also are left with the profound feeling that it truly could not have any ended any other way.
A beautiful film, one to cherish for a lifetime. I am sure that, once you have watched "Voyager", one will never view their lives, in quite the same way, ever again. But be certain to have a box of tissues with you... By the time this movie has finished, you will need them.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mindsweepingly beautiful--A keeper August 20, 2010
By By n By
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Without going much further into detail about the storyline that was previously given by someone else, I'd like to comment on the overall concept of the movie and its main characters. Beautifully shot on location in various locales in Europe helped to give the characters more depth in their surroundings. Sam Shepard and Julie Delpy were very convincing as tender lovers in this haunting and thought provoking story.
In reality, this subject matter would naturally have herendous repercussions. Though its characters are gripped by what has happened, the film makes you FEEL for the two lovers and the girl's mother. Total escapism for the senses yet mind blowing!
I saw this film about 7 years ago on cable tv and later purchased the video. I am so
happy that it has finally been released on DVD! I have now purchased this format and
anticipate seeing the deleted scences, etc. It's near the top of my all time favorite films!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A film for propliner fans - and Sam Shepard fans
This is a film which I watched when first released in the late 1990s - and which I only had a video tape version. So to have a DVD version is a real treat. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Graham Bayne
2.0 out of 5 stars Very WEIRD, disturbing third act to this frustrating movie...
I'm a fan of Julie Delpy from the Before Sunrise trilogy and bought this movie because of all the rave reviews. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ranj the Man
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is My Sixth Volker Schlondorff Film
I also have The Ogre, Circle of Deceit, Young Torless, The Lost Honor of Katherina Blum and Coup De Grace. This one from 1991 with Julie Delpy and Sam Shepard is my favorite. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Zarathustra
5.0 out of 5 stars Different
This movie has a very different twist as far as dramas go, but very good, and definately one for your collection.
Published 18 months ago by Julieann Striegel
5.0 out of 5 stars Machinery of fate undoes a technologist
If you can forgive a film based upon obvious coincidences to voyage into a regretful past,and a film maker who's prepared to take on a challenge,this is for you. Read more
Published 23 months ago by technoguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film adaptation of a great book
Homo Faber is one of my all-time favorite novels. I was skeptical that the movie wouldn't live up to the book (despite the director and cast). Read more
Published on May 17, 2011 by pathres
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
This movie is about one of those cruel story that life has! Love, beauty, passion, and a very hard and catastrophic crash! Read more
Published on September 6, 2010 by Luis
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most tender Love stories ever...
This is a movie that will stay with you [maybe forever?]--I first saw it on Bravo about 1994, recorded it and have shared it with lots of friends. Read more
Published on December 14, 2005 by World Citizen
3.0 out of 5 stars Better off reading the book
The book by Max Frisch (Homo Faber), latin for "Man the Maker", is the way to go here. Frisch was an existentialist, not a Buddhist, as someone earlier asserted. Read more
Published on June 16, 2005 by dbw
4.0 out of 5 stars Julie Delpy and Sheperd's Beautiful and Shocking Journey .
Ever since Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, Julie Delpy had became probably my top 10 European actresses. Read more
Published on March 19, 2005 by Wing Lee
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