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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Captain Mueller
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Esther
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Colonel Statter
Martin Benrath ...
Kruse
Hans Christian Blech ...
Donkeyman
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Dr. Ambach
Max Haufler ...
Branner
Rainer Penkert ...
Milkereit
William Redfield ...
Baldwin
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Admiral (as Oscar Beregi)
Martin Brandt ...
Nissen
Charles De Vries ...
Kurz
Carl Esmond ...
Busch
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Wilke
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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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September 1965 (Austria)  »

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Saboteur: Code Name Morituri  »

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In the book 'Marlon Brando: The Biography' by Peter Marso, it states that Marlon Brando was "faced as he was with his still unfulfilled obligation" to "his ten-year old debt to [studio 20th Century] Fox, which would force him to begin shooting 'Morituri' in April 1964." Brando plays a Nazi soldier in this film as he had done so in the earlier The Young Lions (1958) for 20th Century Fox, both movies being filmed in black-and-white and both being for made for the same studio. See more »

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

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Robert Crain: Statter, you're a cold bastard.
Colonel Statter: I was born on a chilly island.
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Bleak, fascinating war pic
28 August 2001 | by (upstate NY) – See all my reviews

An interesting and rather dark war story that takes place aboard a German merchant vessel during WWII. The black and white filming adds to the generally drab and realistic ambiance of the ocean crossing. Marlon Brando's expatriate is trapped into a scheme of espionage/sabotage, and his grim, softly sneering coolness gives the character of Robert Crain an added dimension. Yul Brynner plays the captain of the ship, out of favor with the Nazi party and under surveillance, yet still "pragmatically patriotic" to the Fatherland. Brynner is an oft-underrated actor because of the larger-than-life roles he played, but this film better showcases the subtlety he was capable of, and at times his performance excels. This is a complex and tense war movie that views both sides through a curtain of ugliness, yet captures moments of honor and loyalty and even kindness, a facet that other war movies in this genre often lack. The realism of the shipboard action is crucial--you could get a flutter of seasickness just watching--and all of the characters show depth and detail. No spoilers here; try to find this flick at the video store and watch it a couple of times. It's worth the search.


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