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Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)
Graham Billing (novel)
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1973 (USA) See more »
Can survival in the Antarctic Wilderness change a man? See more »
Womanizing biologist studies life in colony of penguins. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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John Hurt, I Love You See more (9 total) »


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John Hurt ... Forbush

Hayley Mills ... Tara St. John Luke

Dudley Sutton ... Starshot
Tony Britton ... George Dewport
Thorley Walters ... Mr. Forbush Sr.

Judy Campbell ... Mrs. Forbush

Joss Ackland ... Head of Board
Nicholas Pennell ... Julien
Avril Angers ... Fanny Hill

Cyril Luckham ... Professor Tringham
Sally Geeson ... Jackie
Brian Oulton ... Food Store Assistant

Salmaan Peerzada ... Ahaz Khan (as Salmaan Peer)
Hugh Moxey ... Lord Cheddar
Norman Claridge ... Principal

John Comer ... Police Sergeant
Geraldine Sherman ... Penny
Jumoke Debayo ... Traffic Warden
Lew Luton ... 1st Pilot
Burnell Tucker ... 2nd Pilot
Rudy Bond ... 3rd Pilot (as Richard Bond)
Margaret Lacey ... Auntie
Marianne Stone ... Policewoman
Andy Robins ... Barry
Amanda Steer ... Wendy

Directed by
Alfred Viola  (as Al Viola)
Roy Boulting (uncredited)
Writing credits
Anthony Shaffer (screenplay)

Graham Billing (novel "Forbush and the Penguins")

Produced by
Gordon Scott .... associate producer (as Gordon L.T. Scott)
Henry Trettin .... producer
Original Music by
John Addison 
Cinematography by
Edward Scaife (director of photography)
Arne Sucksdorff (antarctic sequences photographed by)
Harry Waxman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Bernard Gribble 
Art Direction by
Anthony Masters  (as Tony Masters)
Costume Design by
John Furniss 
Makeup Department
Richard Mills .... makeup artist: Antarctic
Maude Onslow .... hair stylist (as Maud Onslow)
George Partleton .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ron Fry .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Boulting .... director: London sequences
Derek Cracknell .... assistant director: Antarctic
Arne Sucksdorff .... director: Antarctic animal sequences
David Tringham .... assistant director
Art Department
Michael Finlay .... painter (uncredited)
Doug Purdy .... chargehand props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Denis Porter .... sound recordist: Antarctic
Ken Ritchie .... sound recordist
Nolan Roberts .... dubbing mixer
Jim Shields .... dubbing editor (as James Shields)
Dan Grimmel .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerry Anstiss .... camera operator
Dudley Lovell .... camera operator: Antarctic
Edward Scaife .... director of photography: Antarctic
Arne Sucksdorff .... photographer: Antarctic animal sequences
Brian Osborne .... grip (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Trevor .... assistant editor
Roger Wilson .... assistant editor
Location Management
Nick Gillott .... location manager: London
Colin Lord .... location manager
Music Department
John Addison .... conductor
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra .... music played by
Other crew
Ann Edwards .... continuity
John Green .... technical adviser
June Randall .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cry of the Penguins" - USA (DVD title)
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101 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:G | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

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


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John Hurt, I Love You, 1 September 2008
Author: bojohite-2 from United States

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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