Nervous Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) is stunted from growing up under the heel of her puritanical Boston Brahmin mother (Gladys Cooper) and remains convinced of her own unworthiness until a kind psychiatrist (Claude Rains) gives her the confidence to venture out into the world on a South American cruise. On board, she finds her footing with the help of an unhappily married man (Paul Henreid). Their thwarted love affair may help Charlotte break free of her mother’s grip—but will she find fulfilment as well as independence?
A melodrama for the ages, Now, Voyager is both a rapturous Hollywood romance and a poignant saga of self-discovery that gave Bette Davis one of her most celebrated lines, “Don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars”.
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