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Cry of the Penguins (1971)

Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (original title)
Womanizing biologist studies life in colony of penguins.

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(as Al Viola)

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(novel), (screenplay)
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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.
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Mrs. Forbush
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Head of Board
Nicholas Pennell ...
Julien
Avril Angers ...
Fanny
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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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...the zaniest bunch of birds on the South Pole! See more »

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Adventure

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December 1971 (UK)  »

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Cry of the Penguins  »

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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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: [to the predatory skuas] Retribution is near my fine feathered friends. Make no mistake about that.
Richard Forbush: [as he attacks the skuas with a catapult] You've asked for it, now you'll get it! Now it's your turn! You hear me? Go on, get out! GET OUT! ALL OF YOU! Die, damn you! Die! DO YOU HEAR ME? DIE! DIE!
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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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