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Cry of the Penguins (1971)

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


(as Al Viola)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Forbush
Tara St. John Luke
Dudley Sutton ...
Tony Britton ...
George Dewport
Thorley Walters ...
Mr. Forbush Sr.
Mrs. Forbush
Head of Board
Nicholas Pennell ...
Avril Angers ...
Sally Geeson ...
Brian Oulton ...
Food Store Assistant
Ahaz Khan (as Salmaan Peer)
Hugh Moxey ...
Lord Cheddar
Norman Claridge ...


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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Release Date:

December 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Cry of the Penguins  »

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


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


[Forbush stocking up on food for the expedition]
Food-Store Clerk: May I put you down for a few jars of our best beluga caviar?
Richard Forbush: Yes! You may indeed.
Food-Store Clerk: Thank you, sir. Thank you very much. It should keep beautifully under all that ice!
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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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