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Murphy's War (1971)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 22 January 1971 (UK)
A lone survivor from a British naval ship is obsessed with getting revenge on a German U-boat crew that massacred his shipmates in the water.



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Murphy is the sole survivor of his crew, that has been massacred by a German U-Boat in the closing days of World War II. He lands on the shore somewhere on the river Orinoco delta and begins to plot his vengeance. He wishes to sink the U-Boat that has floated up by means of any method imaginable to him, and sets about to make the courageous attempt, assisted by Louie, the islands Government Administrator. Written by <arezis@ntplx.net>

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World War Two was just ending. World War Murphy is about to begin.


Drama | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence and brief language | See all certifications »






Release Date:

22 January 1971 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La guerra de Murphy  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peter O'Toole and his then wife Siân Phillips previously appeared together in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969). See more »


The roundels on the aircraft are ones from earlier in the war. The plane appears to be displaying Roundel Type A.1 (or perhaps A.2), which was removed from service by 1942 and replaced with Type C roundels. See more »


Murphy: There's nothin' wrong with my f... language!
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Referenced in The Flying Doctors: Million-Acre Prison (1986) See more »


My Hat's on the Side of My Head
Written by Harry M. Woods and Claude Hulbert
Performed by Al Bowlly with Ray Noble and His Orchestra
Played on the gramophone
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An old favorite of mine
24 April 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

In scanning through these reviews, I'm very pleased to see that this movie is well liked by many people.

I saw it first around the time it came out and even though I was only eleven or twelve, many things about this movie left an impression on me: the sunny, tropical locations, the excellent cast and the impeccable performances.

The very last scene where Murphy is literally consumed by his own revenge is at least as memorable and disturbing as the last scene in The Planet of the Apes (60's version) and drives home the whole point of the movie as perfectly as I've ever seen it done.

See it! You won't be disappointed.

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