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Cry of the Penguins (1971)

Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (original title)
| Adventure, Drama | 1973 (USA)
A womanizing biologist studies life in a colony of penguins.

Directors:

Alfred Viola (as Al Viola), Roy Boulting (uncredited)

Writers:

Anthony Shaffer (screenplay), Graham Billing (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Hurt ... Forbush
Hayley Mills ... Tara St. John Luke
Dudley Sutton ... Starshot
Tony Britton ... George Dewport
Thorley Walters ... Mr. Forbush Sr.
Judy Campbell ... Mrs. Forbush
Joss Ackland ... Head of Board
Nicholas Pennell Nicholas Pennell ... Julien
Avril Angers Avril Angers ... Fanny Hill
Cyril Luckham ... Professor Tringham
Sally Geeson Sally Geeson ... Jackie
Brian Oulton ... Food Store Assistant
Salmaan Peerzada ... Ahaz Khan (as Salmaan Peer)
Hugh Moxey Hugh Moxey ... Lord Cheddar
Norman Claridge Norman Claridge ... Principal
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Storyline

A young london biologist spends most of his time pursuing girls rather than pursuing science. When the opportunity to go to the Antarctic to study a colony of penguins presents itself, he agrees to go, not so much for the benefit of science, but rather to impress the girl he has recently been chasing. The longer he stays in the Antarctic, however, the more he becomes truly interested in the penguins fight for survival. When the time to go home finally arrives, he is a changed man with a totally new outlook on life. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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A Tip-Top Adventure At The Bottom Of The World! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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Trivia

Jane Cardew filmed some scenes, which were cut from the final print. See more »

Goofs

When the first penguin arrives and slides on its belly towards Forbush, there are already other penguin belly tracks in the snow. See more »

Quotes

Richard Forbush: [making radio contact with Scott Base or the first time] HELLO? THIS IS ZED-L-Y-R CAPE ROYDS CALLING ZED-L-Q SCOTT BASE. HOW DO YOU READ ME? OVER...
Scott Base Radio Operator: I'm reading you fine, Mr. Forbush. Only, mind my ears. Over.
Richard Forbush: MIND YOUR WHAT? OVER.
Scott Base Radio Operator: My ears, Bushy. You don't have to shout. Over.
Richard Forbush: Oh, sorry. Over.
Scott Base Radio Operator: Settled in yet? Just like home?
Richard Forbush: There are certain primordial differences.
Scott Base Radio Operator: Bet you're missing your electric blanket.
Richard Forbush: [laughs] That is the least of my regrets as far as bed is concerned.
Scott Base Radio Operator: Have the penguins shown up ...
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Soundtracks

Silent Night: (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr
Sung by John Hurt
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A little lost treasure on DVD
29 March 2004 | by lucashoweSee all my reviews

Alfred Viola, not everyone may know this, was a major American commercial director for several decades. If you watched television in the US for any amount of time in the last 30+ years you have assuredly seen some of his work. Keeping in mind that this film is the first feature by a commercial director, you will see the technical efficiency and streamlined storytelling of a VERY experienced filmmaker at work here. The backstory behind this production is that the studio performed some major hacking on the original Alfred Viola cut and brought in a new director to shoot a tacked-on slapstick opening, and the film suffers from this quite a bit. The first 10 minutes of the film lack style and indeed cohesion of any kind, but once we reach the glacier and John Hurt is left alone with his penguins, it is like a breath of fresh air. This is a beautiful piece of cinema history and although the DVD transfer is of extremely low quality, it is good to know that this piece has not been lost forever. A wonderful forgotten film of the 1970s.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cry of the Penguins See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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