Journey, The

During the 1956 Hungarian uprising, a group of international passengers is detained by a determined Russian officer.


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Journey, The
 
4.5

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  • Entertaining (5)
  • Engaging characters (4)

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5.0

I received my 2 recording and love both

By Ginger

from Corvallis, OR

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Pros

  • Engaging Characters
  • Entertaining
  • Great Cinematography
  • High Production Value
  • Original

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Travel

    Comments about Journey, The:

    I have looked for a while and finally found these titles. I still have 2 that I hope to find..someday.

     
    5.0

    A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY AND FREEDOM

    By KENNETH LANGLOTZ

    from TRAMP STEAMER ENROUTE TO PANGO PANGO

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    Pros

    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value
    • Informative
    • Original

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      • Perfect Gift
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      Comments about Journey, The:

      TRUE TO LIFE CLASSIC IN WELL DONE STORY OF THE HUNGARIAN UPRISING WHICH STILL STANDS THE TEST OF TIME IN TODAY'S TIMES......ENGAGING FROM START TO FINISH.....TAKE A LOOK OR BETTER STILL TAKE THE JOURNEY

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      " LE VOYAGE "

      By J.Gabin

      from Pasadena, CA

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      Comments about Journey, The:

      Transfer (widescreen all right) looked a little faded for this remastered edition, however this is a very watchable print. Decent sharpness and good audio track still there are lots of white specks, and a few bad frames.
      HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Movie - Defective Disc

      By JJ

      from Pennsylvania

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining

      Cons

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        • At Home

        Comments about Journey, The:

        I find it entertaining to watch DVDs at home, as I find most of the movies made today are junk. "The Journey" had a good plot with actors I rather like. The movie was suspensful & kept my attention all the way through. The video & audio were just fine. However, the disc or burning onto the disc was defective. Right in the middle of the film it 'froze' & 'skipped'. WB Shop customer service was excellent & replaced the disc; only to have the same problem. This is the 3rd time I've purchased a defective disc from WB Shop. I might suggest they re-evaluate their quality control. Again, I must emphasize that they have excellent customer service. But I don't spend new money for DVDs that play as used. Thank You.

         
        4.0

        Yul Brynner's show all the way

        By The Vid

        from Colorado Springs

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        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining

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          Comments about Journey, The:

          Brynner takes center stage as a humanized Soviet (surprising from MGM during the Cold War), and it is one of his best performances. Kerr does her usual, top-notch bit as a bourgeois biddy with an underbelly of proletariat passion. It's all very capably handled by Litvak, with Brynner so good that you'll be unsympathetic with the resistance.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Seriously Delightful

          By Classic Cinema Online

          from Colorado

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          Pros

          • Classic
          • Engaging
          • Entertaining
          • Funny

          Cons

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            • Entertainment
            • Everyone

            Comments about Journey, The:

            During a time of political unrest, counterrevolutionism, and war, several English tourists are stranded in Hungary, trying to leave the country to go back to their homes, but because of a civil war at the time, they are unable to leave. They are bused from the Budapest airport to some little town on the border and pretty much held captive by Russian Major Surov, who seems to have taken a fancy to one of the tourists - who happens to be 'hiding' a wounded member of the Hungarian resistance who is trying to escape the country.

            Major Surov is a lonely, harsh, bossy man who is loyal to his country; yet he has a soft and charming side with a slight hint of party animal thrown in for good measure. Torn between his duty and his feelings, he is faced with the ultimate decision. Does he allow a suspected counterrevolutionary to escape or shall he throw him in prison?

            This film starts off on a very serious note, yet is riddled with charm and humor that makes this a most enjoyable film while ending on the same serious note that it started on.

            Particularly delightful was the party scene when Major Surov decided to have a party with his 'guests' and get them all drunk. In one scene the women are drinking as the Major belts out a Russian drinking song, and in the next all the drunken guests are square dancing.

            Now, I haven't seen a movie starring Yul Brynner yet where his character, no matter how evil, didn't ooze with some kind of charm and humor - and this movie is certainly no exception.

            I never did decide whether Major Surov was evil or not - I just plain couldn't tell, and I think that's part of what made this movie so interesting and enjoyable. Brynner seemed to have that affect on many of his roles, I think it was part of the creative talent that made him such a good performer. He always managed to bring out something loveable and human in any character he portrayed.

            My favorite scene in the entire movie was definitely the party scene - but I had a few other favorites, too. Like when Major Surov joins his 'guests' for dinner and shooting erupts outside, frightening them all. "No cause for alarm." he says rather nonchalantly, "There's a war going on out there."

            Shortly thereafter he attempts to engage one of the tourists, Hugh Deverill (played by Robert Morely) in an argument with a futile attempt to goad. "You are very diplomatic, aren't you? You don't want to get into an argument. It is so comfortable staying out of arguments. But what if I forced you into one? What if I was one of the tough ones with no sense of humor and no English?"

            Deverill's response invites a bit of comic relief:

            Hugh Deverill: "I must say you have a remarkable command of the language. Where did you pick it up?"
            Major Surov: "Canada."

            Part of what makes this scene so comical is an earlier scene which serves to introduce the nature of Major Surov's character throughout the rest of the film. The tourists have all been taken into his office, and Mr. Deverill steps forward and asks one of the other tourists, in the presence of the Major, to ask the Major whether he speaks English.

            Major Surov doesn't even bat an eye at this as the tourist complies. The Major answers in Russian, and the translating tourist tells Deverill that the Major wants to know whether he speaks Russian. Deverill answers politely in the negative to which the Major replies, "Well, in that case we'd better speak English."

            Another delight in this film is the adorable little Ronny Howard as Billy Rhinelander. What a cute little boy! He's all grown up now, but this was actually Howard's first real movie role - and he was all of 4 years old at the time. Being the mother that I am, I melted as I watched his scenes - what a little sweetie - and such an adorable little voice, too! I wanted to pick the little guy up and hug him just for being so cute!

            This is a must-see for anyone who enjoys the classics.

            You can find this review at Classic Cinema Online. I've re-published it here for the benefit of the Warner Archives - I know you'll enjoy this movie!

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