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Shout at the Devil (1976)

PG | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1976 (Italy)
During World War One a British aristocrat, an American entrepreneur and the latter's attractive young daughter, set out to destroy a German battle-cruiser which is awaiting repairs in an inlet just off Zanzibar.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Colonel Flynn O'Flynn
Sebastian Oldsmith
Rosa O'Flynn / Oldsmith
Mohammed, O'Flynn's Mute Servant
Reinhard Kolldehoff ...
Herman Fleischer, German Commissioner / Military Commander of Southern Province (as Rene Kolldehoff)
Gernot Endemann ...
Karl Michael Vogler ...
Von Kleine
Gerard Paquis ...
Capt. da Silva - Portuguese Pilot
Maurice Denham ...
Mr. Smythe
Mrs. Smythe
Cynthia Smythe
El Keb
Renu Setna ...
Mr. Raji
Lt. Phipps


Just prior to World War One the hard drinking sharpshooting, Irish American Colonel Flynn O'Flynn, uses British aristocrat Sebastian Oldsmith to help poach ivory from German controlled territory in East Africa, putting them at odds with Herman Fleischer, the local German Provincial Commander. When Sebastian is infected with malaria he is nursed back to health by Flynn's daughter Rosa, they fall in love and marry. Not long after Britain declares war on Germany and they are drawn into the conflict, ultimately making a daring attack on the German armored cruiser SMS Blücher as it undergoes repairs in a local estuary. Written by Chris Frost <icarus2oo2@msn.com>

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A spectacular adventure you will always remember and a beautiful love story you will never forget.


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1976 (Italy)  »

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A Batalha da Vingança  »

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The film rights to Wilbur Smith's source novel of the same name were acquired by the film's producer Michael Klinger during the late 1960s. See more »


The bomb on the ship is set for 6am. In the action leading up to its detonation it is pitch black, yet when it explodes a minute later it is broad daylight. See more »


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The African Road Runner
10 April 2007 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Shout at the Devil finds Lee Marvin in sub Sahara Africa in 1914 just before the start of World War I. He's a rollicking, live by your wits character named Flynn, very much similar to Humphrey Bogart's Charlie Allnut in The African Queen. Marvin takes up with an Englishman played by Roger Moore who's been stranded in Africa on his way to Australia.

Marvin has a running rivalry with the local German governor played with Teutonic relish by Reinhard Kolldehoff. He's the Road Runner to Kolldehoff's Wily Coyote. During the first half of the film, it plays just like a road runner cartoon.

When war is declared however, Kolldehoff crosses into British territory where Marvin has operated with sanctuary and exacts a terrible vengeance for being constantly made a fool of. On Marvin, on Moore, and on Barbara Parkins, Marvin's daughter who Moore has now married and had a child with.

This is World War I so the Germans aren't behaving like the Nazis of the second World War. But Kolldehoff you can see a potential recruit for Hitler in the post war years. In fact I don't think it's an accident that Kolldehoff and his character Fleischer look very much like German Field Marshal Ludendorff who was sympathetic to the early Nazi party.

Shout at the Devil is a broad comic adventure for the first half and turns serious in the second half. Moore and Marvin have a nice easy chemistry between them, Marvin is reaching back to his Cat Ballou days and the bag of scene stealing tricks he used to get an Oscar. Moore is hard pressed, but does keep up.

And who doesn't like a live road runner cartoon.

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