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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 »


Richard Forbush: [after waiting for days and no penguins in sight] Well, if they're so strapped to the life force that they have to find their way back here to this refrigerated graveyard every year, that's their bad luck. God, I wish they'd get here and get it over. Oh, blast you all, wherever you are!
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Silent Night: (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr
Sung by John Hurt
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Carry on Up the Antarctic!
30 September 2003 | by (Brighton, England) – See all my reviews

This film is thought-provoking yet remarkably sweet and funny. The first half is like a Carry On film, then, once deposited in the Antarctic, John Hurt goes from womanizing man-about-town, to eccentric, slowly-unravelling biologist very convincingly. Some remarkable wildlife photography and the baby penguins give the 2nd half of the film great 'Aah' potential. Given that I only saw this on DVD because a friend is mad about penguins, it was a great surprise! If it doesn't make you want to rush off to the South Pole, I'll be very surprised!

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