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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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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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Release Date:

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

Filmed on Catalina Island, Roger Vadim spent his holidays with Marlon Brando, just before Vadim married Jane Fonda, who was filming Cat Ballou (1965) in Hollywood. See more »

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

Quotes

Robert Crain: I was blackmailed to the strains of Mozart.
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Referenced in Brando (2007) See more »

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Cool, slick little gem that has been overlooked
7 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Morituri is by no means a flawless masterpiece, but it is a good film. The problem is, because of a somewhat intricate plot you have to watch it a couple of times to understand it. Some parts of the film are dull, especially some of the engine room scenes where there is relative silence--only the noise of the engine room is heard, but it is also gripping at times. I decided to give this film another shot-and I'm glad I did. I found that it is quite interesting, after you watch it a couple of times you understand the purpose of Brando's character in the film. He is great in this film, his accent is flawless and he looks just great--I wish he would have done more action-oriented films. The cinematography is also great, and I absolutely loved the musical score. Hopefully, people will give this movie a chance and see that Brando did do a few good films in the 60's and stop giving him a bum rap.


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