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Cry of the Penguins (1971)

Mr. Forbush and the Penguins (original title)
Womanizing biologist studies life in colony of penguins.

Directors:

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

Writers:

Anthony Shaffer (screenplay), Graham Billing (novel)
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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 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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Trivia

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

[Forbush stocking up on food for the expedition]
Food-Store Clerk: May I put you down for a few jars of our best beluga caviar?
Richard Forbush: Yes! You may indeed.
Food-Store Clerk: Thank you, sir. Thank you very much. It should keep beautifully under all that ice!
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Soundtracks

Silent Night: (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber and Joseph Mohr
Sung by John Hurt
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An amazing character study
7 June 2005 | by jhookeSee all my reviews

It is many, many years since I saw this film, but unlike so many others I have seen, I have not forgotten the title or the substance of the film itself. I thought the way that Mr Forbush became so protective of the penguins and their eggs was wholly understandable and it was a hard lesson for him (and us, for that matter) to learn that he was the intruder in that landscape and he had to leave the penguins to protect their own eggs from the skuas. I just love watching penguins, so I got a good dose of that too. As a character study on what living a solitary life can do, I found it quite fascinating. It was not exactly an 'action' movie, but I found it very thought provoking and it sucked me right in from the start and kept me emotionally involved till the end. Well worth a look if you get the chance.


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