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|The Long Voyage Home|
Actors: John Wayne, Thomas Mitchell, Ian Hunter, Ward Bond, Barry Fitzgerald
Director: John Ford
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
The merchant ship Glencairn rolls and shivers in the black North Atlantic. On board, her anxious crewmen search the sky for German planes. And hope they'll survive The Long Voyage Home. Director John Ford and screenwriter ... more »
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The Tense Life on a Merchant Ship during war
Larry W. Mayes | Lewiston, Maine USA | 09/07/2000
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scotsladdie | 05/23/2000
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