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Morituri (1965)

A war pacifist is blackmailed to pose as an SS officer and to disable the scuttling explosives on freighter carrying rubber cargo to be captured by the Allies.

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Martin Benrath ...
Kruse
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Donkeyman
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Dr. Ambach
Max Haufler ...
Branner
Rainer Penkert ...
Milkereit
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Baldwin
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Admiral (as Oscar Beregi)
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Nissen
Charles De Vries ...
Kurz
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Busch
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Wilke
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Storyline

A German living in India during World War II is blackmailed by the English to impersonate an SS officer on board a cargo ship leaving Japan for Germany carrying a large supply of rubber for tyres. His mission is to disable the scuttling charges so the captain cannot sink the ship if they are stopped by English warships. Written by Daniel Bruce <danbec@one.net.au>

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World War II, Espionage, adventure and human lives have never before been combined so explosively

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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September 1965 (Austria)  »

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Saboteur: Code Name Morituri  »

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Budget:

$6,290,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000, 31 December 1965
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Brando initially refused to go on a tour to meet the press and promote the film. The studio threatened him, as he was contractually required to promote the film, so Brando made an appearance at one press conference. He said to the press, "You will be unable to proceed in life unless you see Morituri." The studio released him from having to do any more press appearances after this sarcastic statement. See more »

Goofs

Esther's hairstyle is of the Sixties, not the war years. See more »

Quotes

Robert Crain: Statter, you're a cold bastard.
Colonel Statter: I was born on a chilly island.
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Connections

Referenced in Undergrunnen (1966) See more »

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Intriguing and fascinating film!
4 January 2006 | by See all my reviews

One of the many things this great (but at the time overlooked) movie did was to indirectly dispel some of the mislaid blame laid on Brando for the excesses of "Mutiny on the Bounty". Here he is again working with Trevor Howard (Bligh in "Mutiny")whom the press said loathed Brando (although Howard himself came to Brando's defense during the "Mutiny" blame game. Also, here is Brando again working with Aaron Rosenburg (also from "Mutiny") whom the press clippings claimed would never work with Brando again. By all accounts, all associated with Morituri got along famously and were all on their best professional behavior. This is one of Marlon's better works during the 1960's and it is sad that the Critic's were so eager to pounce upon it. It is one of those rare films that has grown better with age. Thankfully it is out now on DVD and given the treatment it deserves.


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