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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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Taglines:

...the zaniest bunch of birds on the South Pole! 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sir John Mills, father of Hayley Mills, appeared in Scott of the Antarctic (1948). 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 ...
[...]
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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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