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Murphy's War (1971)

 -  Drama | War  -  27 January 1971 (France)
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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 ... See full summary »

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

This movie's title "Murphy' War" is a play on words of the epigram (or adage) "Murphy's Law" that says, "Anything that can go wrong will go wrong." See more »

Goofs

When Murphy is taxiing the Amphibian out for the first time, he is an absolute novice and does not know how to take off. In making long taxi runs with the aircraft his cockpit is inundated with spray from the river yet in a closeup of Murphy's face, he is bone dry. See more »

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Murphy: Relax? How can I relax with that bunch gawking at me?
Hayden: That bunch as you call them have never seen a naked white man.
Murphy: Ah! Well, they've had their thrill for the day. Would you tell them to f... leave immediately?
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No cliches, gripping stuff.
20 October 2001 | by (England) – See all my reviews

I don't know why I've never seen this film before as it must have been on TV many times. A modern day remake would probably have the Peter O Toole and Sian Phillips characters falling in love or whatever but the ending to Murphy was a surprise to me as I expected the "happy ending". I thought the film was unique in some regards to the genre, beautiful location and well acted by all the cast. Just watch Murphy's eye twitching in the opening sequences. Peter O Toole is without a doubt one of the best actors ever. I also think this is one of the best films ever made, well written and executed.


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