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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 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cry of the Penguins See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sir John Mills, father of Hayley Mills, appeared in Scott of the Antarctic (1948). See more »

Goofs

When Forbush and Tara run into each other at the penguin lecture after their initial meeting, Forbush apologizes for taking leave of her yesterday. Later in the conversation, Tara says that that initial meeting was this morning, not yesterday as he had said. See more »

Quotes

Richard Forbush: [writing to Tara after a Navy chopper scares away all the penguins] The wretched birds have been scattered over this benighted landsacpe like bits of black pepper. They've used up so much of their courage already. Will they be able to find enough to come back? I wonder? I'm afraid.
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Soundtracks

Silent Night: (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr
Sung by John Hurt
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Dill sent to the Antarctic
9 October 2018 | by dsewizzrd-1See all my reviews

Expensive cinematography in the Antarctic and an original orchestral score is wasted in this trainwreck of a film adapted from a novel. John Hurt is a useless young wastrel, an unprepossessing young man who sexually assaults Hayley Mills early in the film before being sent on a mission to the south pole to observe penguins. Tony Britton ("Tinker" from Lovejoy) is a friend as is Jackie Gleason the daughter from "Bless This House". Mr Forbush lives above a bijou restaurant with baked beans in a big glazed pot which appears to be the same building as the home of Tara (Hayley Mills). Most of the cinematography, expensively shot at taxpayers expense, is wasted by Hurt's witless commentary.


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