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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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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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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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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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Budget:

$6,290,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Fox originally offered this to Martin Ritt to direct. See more »

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

Quotes

Robert Crain: I was blackmailed to the strains of Mozart.
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Referenced in Undergrunnen (1966) See more »

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Great overlooked film
17 February 2002 | by konoverSee all my reviews

Back in April 2001, I saw Last Tango In Paris and I've been on a Marlon Brando kick ever since. I read Peter Manso's Brando biography, which states that the film was panned and I really don't understand why.

The film boasts two commanding performances by Brando and Yul Brynner.

Brando plays a German man who's blackmailed by British Intelligence to pose as a NAZI officer on a German ship commanded by Brynner. Brando's German accent was full on the whole way through. And after seeing various Brando films, it was really cool to see Brando play a double agent that was light on his feet, sneaking in and out of rooms on a German ship, in an attempt to sabatoge the ship. The supporting performances are solid all the way around. Trevor Howard has a nice cameo at the beginning of the film as a British Intelligence man.

I've always known about Yul Brynner, but this is the first time I see one of his performances. I can see why he's a legendary actor. The guy has tons of personality and has the acting ability to go with his charisma. And watching him work with Brando was an absolute pleasure. Now I definitely have to go and rent more of Brynner's stuff.

Brando's career presumably took a dive in the 60s, but Morituri is definitely a good movie with excellent performances by its two leads and it boasts some of the best camera work I've ever seen.

On a scale from 1-10, I'd give the film at least an 8.


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