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1976 (Italy) See more »
A spectacular adventure you will always remember and a beautiful love story you will never forget.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lee Marvin ... Colonel Flynn O'Flynn

Roger Moore ... Sebastian Oldsmith

Barbara Parkins ... Rosa O'Flynn / Oldsmith

Ian Holm ... Mohammed, O'Flynn's Mute Servant
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Herman Fleischer, German Commissioner / Military Commander of Southern Province (as Rene Kolldehoff)
Gernot Endemann ... Braun
Karl Michael Vogler ... Von Kleine

Horst Janson ... Kyller
Gerard Paquis ... Capt. da Silva - Portuguese Pilot
Maurice Denham ... Mr. Smythe
Jean Kent ... Mrs. Smythe

Heather Wright ... Cynthia Smythe
George Coulouris ... El Keb
Renu Setna ... Mr. Raji

Murray Melvin ... Lt. Phipps
Bernard Horsfall ... Captain Joyce
Robert Lang ... Captain Henry

Peter Copley ... Admiral Howe
Geoff Davidson ... Mackintosh
Simon Sabela ... 1st Village Chief
Shalimar Undi ... Nanny
Joe Mafela ... Sergeant Dumu
Paul Mafela ... Native Runner
Solomon Dungane ... Luti
Ray Msengana ... Ahmed
Nikos Kourtis ... Arab
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nicole Boshoff ... Baby Maria Oldsmith (uncredited)
Derek Ware ... German crewman (uncredited)

Directed by
Peter R. Hunt  (as Peter Hunt)
Writing credits
Stanley Price (screenplay) &
Alastair Reid (screenplay) and
Wilbur Smith (screenplay)

Wilbur Smith (book "Shout at the Devil")

Produced by
Michael Klinger .... producer
Tony Klinger .... assistant producer
Robert Sterne .... associate producer
Original Music by
Maurice Jarre 
Cinematography by
Michael Reed (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael J. Duthie  (as Michael Duthie)
Production Design by
Syd Cain 
Makeup Department
Paul Engelen .... makeup artist
Mike Jones .... hairdresser
Graham Freeborn .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Nick Maley .... makeup artist: Malta (uncredited)
Production Management
Brian Burgess .... production manager: Africa
Stuart Freeman .... production manager: Malta
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Ernst .... assistant director
John Glen .... second unit director
Chris Kenny .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ernest Archer .... art director: Africa (as Ernie Archer)
Leon Davis .... construction: Malta
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser: Africa
Dick Frift .... construction: Africa
Robert W. Laing .... art director: Malta (as Bob Laing)
Hugh Scaife .... set dresser: Malta
Terry Wells .... props
Maurice Cain .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Mike Fowlie .... property master (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
Cliff Robinson .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Cliff Robinson .... set dresser (uncredited)
Bryn Siddall .... property buyer (uncredited)
Sound Department
John W. Mitchell .... sound (as John Mitchell)
Bill Rowe .... dubbing recordist
Nicholas Stevenson .... dubbing editor (as Nick Stevenson)
Mike Le Mare .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Derek Meddings .... models and special effects
Theo Nischwitz .... process work
Leslie Crawford .... stunt arranger (as Les Crawford)
Leslie Crawford .... stunts (uncredited)
Larry Taylor .... stunt double: Lee Marvin (uncredited)
Larry Taylor .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
James Devis .... camera operator: second unit (as Jim Devis)
Ken Eddy .... aerial photographer
Frank Heeney .... gaffer
Alan Hume .... cameraman: second unit
Jim Kane .... grip
Alec Mills .... camera operator
George Whitear .... stills
Ron Drinkwater .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ed King .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Irene Lamb .... casting
Gianna Pisanello .... casting: Africa
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Philippe Pickford .... wardrobe
Yvonne Zarb Cousin .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Maurice Jarre .... conductor
Other crew
Linda Allen .... liaison
Paul Avellino .... special facilities: Malta
Denis Bieber .... presentation
Denis Bieber .... producers associate
Maurice Binder .... title designer: main title
Leslie Crawford .... fight arranger (as Les Crawford)
Joan Davis .... continuity
Vicki Deason .... production secretary
Geoff Freeman .... publicist
Neville Meyer .... presentation
Neville Meyer .... producers associate
Howard Rennie .... location manager: second unit
Denton Scott .... production accountant
Dusty Symonds .... location manager: Africa
Nick Turvey .... flying sequences
Doris Spriggs .... assistant: Roger Moore (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
150 min | UK:115 min (video version) | UK:164 min (1976) (cut) | France:137 min (25 fps) (video release) (2006)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Netherlands:12 | Norway:15 | Norway:16 (Original rating) | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (cut) | UK:15 (video rating) | USA:PG
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Did You Know?

The story of the film was inspired by one of the most spectacular and adventurous event that took place during WWI, in German East Africa, later Tanganyika, later Tanzania, in late 1914 - early 1915, known as Battle of Rufiji Delta, in which the German light cruiser SMS Königsberg was blockaded and finally sunk by various British units.See more »
Continuity: 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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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A proper old-fashioned yarn - ruined on DVD!, 2 October 2010
Author: mjscarface from United Kingdom

On the whole, this is a mostly faithful adaptation of Wilbur Smith's novel and a cracking adventure story.

Shortly before the outbreak of World War One, Irish poacher Flynn recruits a clueless, upper-class Englishman named Sebastian to help him steal ivory from German-occupied territory in Africa. For a while, the pair make a great team and succeed at humiliating the local German officer, Fleisher - but the fun comes to a sudden end when war is declared and Fleisher gets a chance for revenge.

As others have mentioned, this is definitely a film of two halves, as much as the book was. But the rollicking pace and sweeping storyline offer all manner of scrapes and situations that the film is never less than enjoyable. Lee Marvin is thoroughly amusing as the drunken poacher who flits between immature outbursts at those around him and total inebriation. Roger Moore is also impressive as Flynn's opposite, Sebastian, whose a gentleman at first but quickly learns to toughen up as the story becomes more serious.

Supporting characters are also memorable, with Fleisher a mixture of comical and nastiness. Barbara Parkins plays Flynn's daughter and Sebastian's romantic interest with fiestiness and Ian Holm is amusing as Flynn's mute assistant Mohammed.

In terms of action, the film has plenty to offer; gunfights, fistfights, shipwrecks and man-eating crocs for a start. This is all edited in the same frantic style that Peter Hunt's 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' was, giving a lot of energy to the film. I also love Maurice Jarre's score for 'Shout at the Devil'; epic and tense.

While 'Shout at the Devil' is a cracking yarn and I have loved it since I was little, the bad news is that no decent version currently exists on DVD. German characters (who spoke English in the film) have now been dubbed into German, which is one thing... but no subtitles(!) mean that entire scenes become useless and impossible to follow for the rest of us.

There is of course the issue of running time and to be honest I can't remember if I've actually seen the full version or not (it's been a while). Some TV companies have been known to show the full version and, because of the awful DVD versions, it's a case of pot-luck that anyone sees the film as it should be (I personally have held onto a VHS recording from 1988 which is wearing very thin now).

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