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Cry of the Penguins (1971)

Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (original title)
| Adventure, Drama | 1973 (USA)
Womanizing biologist studies life in colony of penguins.

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(as Al Viola), (uncredited)

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(screenplay), (novel)
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Forbush
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Tara St. John Luke
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Starshot
Tony Britton ...
George Dewport
Thorley Walters ...
Mr. Forbush Sr.
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Mrs. Forbush
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Head of Board
Nicholas Pennell ...
Julien
Avril Angers ...
Fanny Hill
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Professor Tringham
Sally Geeson ...
Jackie
Brian Oulton ...
Food Store Assistant
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Ahaz Khan (as Salmaan Peer)
Hugh Moxey ...
Lord Cheddar
Norman Claridge ...
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A young london biologist spends most of his time pursuing girls rather than pursuing science. When the opportunity to go to the Antarctic to study a colony of penguins presents itself he agrees to go, not so much for the benefit of science but rather to impress the girl he has recently been chasing. The longer he stays in the Antarctic, however, the more he becomes truly interested in the penguins fight for survival. When the time to go home finally arrives, he is a changed man with a totally new outlook on life. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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A Tip-Top Adventure At The Bottom Of The World! See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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Cry of the Penguins  »

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jane Cardew filmed some scenes, which were cut from the final print. See more »

Goofs

When Forbush and Tara run into each other at the penguin lecture after their initial meeting, Forbush apologizes for taking leave of her yesterday. Later in the conversation, Tara says that that initial meeting was this morning, not yesterday as he had said. See more »

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Richard Forbush: [making radio contact with Scott Base or the first time] HELLO? THIS IS ZED-L-Y-R CAPE ROYDS CALLING ZED-L-Q SCOTT BASE. HOW DO YOU READ ME? OVER...
Scott Base Radio Operator: I'm reading you fine, Mr. Forbush. Only, mind my ears. Over.
Richard Forbush: MIND YOUR WHAT? OVER.
Scott Base Radio Operator: My ears, Bushy. You don't have to shout. Over.
Richard Forbush: Oh, sorry. Over.
Scott Base Radio Operator: Settled in yet? Just like home?
Richard Forbush: There are certain primordial differences.
Scott Base Radio Operator: Bet you're missing your electric blanket.
Richard Forbush: [laughs] That is the least of my regrets as far as bed is concerned.
Scott Base Radio Operator: Have the penguins ...
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Silent Night: (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr
Sung by John Hurt
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John Hurt, I Love You
1 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Like so many good films, this one is obscure, brought out of "hiding" perhaps by the popularity of other penguin movies. The wildlife footage in this film is amazing and wonderful, taking the viewer directly into the Antarctic. It also has a nice British-humor edge to it. Get past the slow beginning and you will discover a good love story between two people as well as between animal and human. I watched this to see what Halley Mills looked like when she was older and got a nice surprise; I couldn't take my eyes off John Hurt, not only because of good looks but his superb acting and the interesting character he played. I wanted the film to go on much longer and I believe it could have been improved by at least 5 minutes more. The penguins, his interaction with them, as well as his believability in that role, were amazing.


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