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Murphy's War (1971)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, War  |  22 January 1971 (UK)
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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 <>

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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  »

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(Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Stars of this movie, Peter O'Toole and Siân Phillips, were married at the time this film was made. See more »


When the submarine is submerged and stuck on the bank she tries to reverse off and you can hear her diesel engines revving which is impossible as no snorkel was above the surface. Only the electric motors could have been used. See more »


Brezan: Man is only truly alive when he confronts death.
Murphy: He can also be truly dead.
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Referenced in The Flying Doctors: Million-Acre Prison (1986) See more »

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sweet revenge for a mad Irishman
3 August 2004 | by (Whaleyville, VA) – See all my reviews

Some films are worth watching if for no other reason than a well-placed novelty that does not distract from the story, but complements it. While I found Murphy's War to be an engaging tale, the sight of an antique float plane in weathered condition humping up and down the river straining to get airborne was exciting (along the lines of a Curtiss Jenny in The Great Waldo Pepper or that '59 finned-automobile in Pink Cadillac). Whether one likes these movies or not, getting a look at a beautiful machine is matchless (unless that object of beauty is Sophia Loren). And how can anyone not be impressed with Mr. Murphy's single-mindedness. Yes, revenge is better left to deities and gods, but oh how sweet it is when realized.

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