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Cry of the Penguins (1971)
"Mr. Forbush and the Penguins" (original title)

 -  Adventure  -  December 1971 (UK)
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Womanizing biologist studies life in colony of penguins.

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(as Al Viola)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Richard Forbush
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Tara St. John Luke
Dudley Sutton ...
Starshot
Tony Britton ...
George Dewport
Thorley Walters ...
Mr. Forbush Sr.
Judy Campbell ...
Mrs. Forbush
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Head of Board
Nicholas Pennell ...
Julien
Avril Angers ...
Fanny
Cyril Luckham ...
Tringham
Sally Geeson ...
Jackie
Brian Oulton ...
Food Store Assistant
Salmaan Peerzada ...
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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Can survival in the Antarctic Wilderness change a man? See more »

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Cry of the Penguins  »

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Trivia

Started shooting with a different actress, Susan Fleetwood, in the female lead. See more »

Goofs

When the first penguin arrives and slides on its belly towards Forbush, there are already other penguin belly tracks in the snow. See more »

Quotes

Richard Forbush: [In his final taped message to Tara] They'll be back again next year, struggling over the same barren stretch of ice to breed the next generation. And so it will go on, as long as there are penguins and skuas and the will to survive. And what have I learned from it all? That every living creature depends in some way on every other. Humans too. I'm not the same to myself anymore, Tara. Will I seem the same to you, and you to me?
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Silent Night: (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr
Sung by John Hurt
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A little lost treasure on DVD
29 March 2004 | by (Brooklyn, NY) – See all my reviews

Alfred Viola, not everyone may know this, was a major American commercial director for several decades. If you watched television in the US for any amount of time in the last 30+ years you have assuredly seen some of his work. Keeping in mind that this film is the first feature by a commercial director, you will see the technical efficiency and streamlined storytelling of a VERY experienced filmmaker at work here. The backstory behind this production is that the studio performed some major hacking on the original Alfred Viola cut and brought in a new director to shoot a tacked-on slapstick opening, and the film suffers from this quite a bit. The first 10 minutes of the film lack style and indeed cohesion of any kind, but once we reach the glacier and John Hurt is left alone with his penguins, it is like a breath of fresh air. This is a beautiful piece of cinema history and although the DVD transfer is of extremely low quality, it is good to know that this piece has not been lost forever. A wonderful forgotten film of the 1970s.


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