Confusing historical drama occasionally buoyed by eccentric star cameos. Directed with a well-meaning but heavy hand by Stuart Rosenberg (SAVE THE TIGER), VOYAGE OF THE DAMNED opens in 1939 as a group of Jews are expelled from Nazi Germany and loaded on a ship bound for Havana, where, the
Germans are confident, they'll be denied refuge. (The whole scheme--based on an actual incident--is a public relations move: the Nazis want expose the hypocrisy of their international critics by demonstrating that no country is willing to take the Jews.) Turned away by Cuba, the ship, skippered by
"good German" Schroeder (Max von Sydow), must sail back to Germany, where certain de...