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Morituri (1965)

A war pacifist is blackmailed to pose as an SS officer and to disable the scuttling explosives on freighter carrying rubber cargo to be captured by the Allies.

Director:

Bernhard Wicki

Writers:

Werner Jörg Lüddecke (novel) (as Werner Joerg Luedecke), Daniel Taradash (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Robert Crain
Yul Brynner ... Captain Mueller
Janet Margolin ... Esther Levy
Trevor Howard ... Colonel Statter
Martin Benrath ... Kruse
Hans Christian Blech ... Donkeyman
Wally Cox ... Dr. Ambach
Max Haufler Max Haufler ... Branner
Rainer Penkert Rainer Penkert ... Milkereit
William Redfield ... Baldwin
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Admiral (as Oscar Beregi)
Martin Brandt ... Nissen
Charles De Vries Charles De Vries ... Kurz
Carl Esmond ... Busch
Martin Kosleck ... Wilke
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Storyline

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 Daniel Bruce <danbec@one.net.au>

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Taglines:

World War II, Espionage, adventure and human lives have never before been combined so explosively

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1965 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Saboteur: Code Name Morituri See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,290,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000, 31 December 1965
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Marlon Brando offered directing duties to Stanley Kubrick who was working on "more interesting ideas (of his own)," according Kubrick's letter collection. See more »

Goofs

Esther's hairstyle is of the Sixties, not the war years. See more »

Quotes

Captain Mueller: When we reach Bordeaux, this report will be lost. And with luck, perhaps you will find a way to lose yourself there, too... I'm sorry. It's the most I can do.
Esther Levy: Do you want to sleep with me? Or are you just doing this because you're kind-hearted?
Captain Mueller: Young lady, even this kind of impudence will not stop me from treating you simply as another member of the human race.
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Referenced in I've Got a Secret: Episode dated 8 March 1965 (1965) See more »

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Bleak, fascinating war pic
28 August 2001 | by sam66See all my reviews

An interesting and rather dark war story that takes place aboard a German merchant vessel during WWII. The black and white filming adds to the generally drab and realistic ambiance of the ocean crossing. Marlon Brando's expatriate is trapped into a scheme of espionage/sabotage, and his grim, softly sneering coolness gives the character of Robert Crain an added dimension. Yul Brynner plays the captain of the ship, out of favor with the Nazi party and under surveillance, yet still "pragmatically patriotic" to the Fatherland. Brynner is an oft-underrated actor because of the larger-than-life roles he played, but this film better showcases the subtlety he was capable of, and at times his performance excels. This is a complex and tense war movie that views both sides through a curtain of ugliness, yet captures moments of honor and loyalty and even kindness, a facet that other war movies in this genre often lack. The realism of the shipboard action is crucial--you could get a flutter of seasickness just watching--and all of the characters show depth and detail. No spoilers here; try to find this flick at the video store and watch it a couple of times. It's worth the search.


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