A German living in India during World War II is blackmailed by the English to impersonate an SS officer on board a cargo ship leaving Japan for Germany carrying a large supply of rubber for tyres. His mission is to disable the scuttling charges so the captain cannot sink the ship if they are stopped by English warships.Written by
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The film's marketing boasted the surname alliteration of Brando and Brynner. The Marlon Brando and "Yul Brynner" alliteration is another example in film history of promotional star-team name alliteration; see also: (Humphrey Bogart) "Bogie" and (Lauren) Bacall in four films, (Steve) McQueen and (Ali) McGraw in The Getaway (1972), and (Alec) Baldwin and (Kim) Bassinger in The Getaway (1994). See more »
Trevor Howard (Colonel Statter) refers to India as a "British dominion" but British India was under direct British rule (and the external affairs of the Indian princely states were dictated by Britain) prior to 1947, when British India became a self-governing dominion. India later became a republic, in 1950. See more »
I have misjudged you, Mr. Keil. I never for one moment thought that you might try to save my life. You gentlemen of the SS don't usually display the humanity of a sand crab.
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Excellent film involving espionage during World War 11. Marlon Brando plays a German citizen living in India who is blackmailed to go on a ship filled with rubber that is bound for Germany. His assignment is to dislodge charges on the boat so that the allies can get the rubber.
He doesn't immediately hit it off with the ship's captain-Yul Brynner.
Nevertheless, this becomes a great spy film where Brando and Brynner both reveal their anti-Nazi feelings.
In a supporting role, Janet Margolin plays a Jewess boarded on the boat along with American prisoners. Her description of what happened to her parents and brother are memorable. She is very effective in her role as the tragic young lady.
This film is exciting and very revealing. The end gets you to think, something which is rare in films today.
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