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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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Cast

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Captain Mueller
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Esther
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Colonel Statter
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)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The Morse code heard at the end of the movie says "CQ CQ CQ DE SS INGO (then code for a new line: BT) CARGO SHIP OUT OF . . . " (code fades as music rises). The repeated CQ's are an invitation to whoever may be listening to reply. [DE is code shorthand meaning "from"] See more »

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

Quotes

Colonel Statter: [blackmailing Crain] In your case, I'm not troubled by any moral nausea.
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Connections

Referenced in Undergrunnen (1966) See more »

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Like another reviewer asks, "Why haven't I heard of this?"
7 October 2005 | by (Olney, Maryland) – See all my reviews

I don't mean to be repetitive but I stumbled onto this film at my local video rental store just like one of the other reviewers wrote. I'd never heard of it before. A movie with both Yul Brynner and Marlon Brando. A war movie at that. And I'd never heard of it. Not that I'm a super movie buff but at least I think that this is one I would have come across at some point.

Anyway, it's a great film about the conflicts between duty and beliefs. Each character is on a mission not of their making or preference. Each actor does a great job of portraying the difficulty in taking on a task one would rather not have to do.

This one is worth watching. I give it an 8.


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