Journey

The Journey

Director: Anatole Litvak

Cast: Anatole Litvak, Yul Brynner, Deborah Kerr, Jason Robards Jr.

     
 
The two romantic leads in this standard but well-acted political drama renew a famous pairing that began with The King and I in 1956. Deborah Kerr is Lady Diana Ashmore, caught at the wrong side of the Hungarian-Austrian border in 1956, and Yul Brynner is Major Surov, a Russian commander who works at the border crossing. With the outbreak of the 1956 rebellion,

Overview

The two romantic leads in this standard but well-acted political drama renew a famous pairing that began with The King and I in 1956. Deborah Kerr is Lady Diana Ashmore, caught at the wrong side of the Hungarian-Austrian border in 1956, and Yul Brynner is Major Surov, a Russian commander who works at the border crossing. With the outbreak of the 1956 rebellion, the Budapest airport is shut down and Diana, along with other international travellers, are forced to reach Vienna by bus. Along for the ride is one of the Hungarian dissenters hunted by the police, Paul (Jason Robards, Jr. in his screen debut). Diana and Paul are in love and she is determined to protect his secret. Major Surov suspects a rebel is hidden on the bus, but he does not know which passenger is the guilty one. As interaction continues at the border, Diana is attracted to the Major and his complex character, even against her will. Their developing relationship and strong personalities carry the story from start to finish.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Journey is only an average drama, but it has one element that is indisputably outstanding -- the powerful, magnetic performance of Yul Brynner. Brynner is so good, in fact, that it's rather surprising that Journey has become an almost totally forgotten film. The actor was always charismatic, a fact that could sometimes work against him in other films, when he would steal focus in a way that worked both to his and the film's detriment. Director Anatole Litvak keeps that under control here -- and besides, the character itself has such a central role that focus naturally goes to him. Brynner doesn't coast on his magnetism here, nor on the sensuality that manages to be simultaneously open and guarded. His Russian officer is -- very surprisingly for the era -- quite sympathetic and entirely human. In the actors' hands, he is a complete person, and a very engaging one. None of this is to give short shrift to co-star Deborah Kerr, who is quite good and makes sure that Brynner doesn't steal her scenes. But her character is less developed somehow; despite efforts to give her depth, the writing of her character simply doesn't come together the way it is intended to. And much of the supporting cast, good though they are, also have to contend with characters that don't quite ring true. The Journey is supposed to be a Grand Hotel-ish experience, but the strands don't weave into a tapestry as intended. Still, it's worth viewing for Brynner's marvelous forgotten performance.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/05/2012
UPC:
0883316505946
Original Release:
1959
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:06:00
Sales rank:
3,537

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Yul Brynner Maj. Surov
Deborah Kerr Lady Diana Ashmore
Jason Robards Paul Kedes/Fleming
Robert Morley Hugh Deverill
E.G. Marshall Harold Rhinelander
Kurt Kasznar Czepege
David Kossoff Mr. Avron
Marie Daems Francoise Hafouli
Gérard Oury Teklel Hafouli
Maurice Sarfati Jacques Fabbry
Anne Jackson Mrs. Margie Rhinelander
Siegfried Schürenberg Von Rachlitz
Jerry Fujikawa Mitsu
Anouk Aimée Eva, Freedom Fighter
Ronny Howard Billy Rhinelander
Flip Mark Flip Rhinelander
Ivan Petrovich Szabo Bacsi
Charles Regnier Capt. Ornikidze

Technical Credits
Anatole Litvak Director,Producer
Georges Auric Score Composer
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Rene Hubert Costumes/Costume Designer
Michel Michelet Score Composer
Isabella Schlichting Art Director
Werner Schlichting Art Director
Dorothy Spencer Editor
George Tabori Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Journey
1. Chapter 1 [2:33]
2. Chapter 2 [2:55]
3. Chapter 3 [2:59]
4. Chapter 4 [2:38]
5. Chapter 5 [3:16]
6. Chapter 6 [4:03]
7. Chapter 7 [4:14]
8. Chapter 8 [3:57]
9. Chapter 9 [1:36]
10. Chapter 10 [3:49]
11. Chapter 11 [3:03]
12. Chapter 12 [3:23]
13. Chapter 13 [4:12]
14. Chapter 14 [3:41]
15. Chapter 15 [4:27]
16. Chapter 16 [2:58]
17. Chapter 17 [4:48]
18. Chapter 18 [2:17]
19. Chapter 19 [4:13]
20. Chapter 20 [3:19]
21. Chapter 21 [3:23]
22. Chapter 22 [2:45]
23. Chapter 23 [4:26]
24. Chapter 24 [2:10]
25. Chapter 25 [2:51]
26. Chapter 26 [2:57]
27. Chapter 27 [3:31]
28. Chapter 28 [2:27]
29. Chapter 29 [4:02]
30. Chapter 30 [2:48]
31. Chapter 31 [1:47]
32. Chapter 32 [2:57]
33. Chapter 33 [3:05]
34. Chapter 34 [2:03]
35. Chapter 35 [3:18]
36. Chapter 36 [2:09]
37. Chapter 37 [3:34]
38. Chapter 38 [2:42]
39. Chapter 39 [3:29]
40. Chapter 40 [:43]

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