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Murphy's War (1971)

GP | | Drama, War | 14 January 1971 (UK)
A lone survivor from a British naval ship is obsessed with getting revenge on a German U-boat crew that massacred his shipmates in the water.

Director:

Peter Yates

Writers:

Max Catto (novel), Stirling Silliphant (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Peter O'Toole ... Murphy
Siân Phillips ... Hayden (as Sian Phillips)
Philippe Noiret ... Brezan
Horst Janson ... Lauchs
John Hallam ... Ellis
Ingo Mogendorf Ingo Mogendorf ... Voght
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Storyline

Murphy is the sole survivor of his crew, that has been massacred by a German U-Boat in the closing days of World War II. He lands on the shore somewhere on the river Orinoco delta and begins to plot his vengeance. He wishes to sink the U-Boat that has floated up by means of any method imaginable to him, and sets about to make the courageous attempt, assisted by Louie, the islands Government Administrator. Written by <arezis@ntplx.net>

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World War Two was just ending. World War Murphy is about to begin. See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Paramount wanted Robert Redford to play the lead. See more »

Goofs

The aircraft is a Grumman Duck (J2F-6). None of this type of aircraft was flown by the British or Commonwealth Air Forces during the Second World War. The most common aircraft carried and launched by British sea-going vessels was a Fairey Swordfish. See more »

Quotes

Murphy: Louis, the doctor lady... she's a Quaker. That's like bein' a bloody nun, isn't it?
Brezan: No, I don't think so.
Murphy: Why couldn't she be any young nurse? Something practical!
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Alternate Versions

The original UK cinema version was cut by the BBFC to remove 2 uses of the word 'fuck' and to edit shots of bloody shootings and dead bodies for an 'A' (PG) certificate. The 12-rated UK DVD release restores the gunshot scenes but also has the swear words blanked out, and an inferior 4:3 transfer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Flying Doctors: Million-Acre Prison (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

Onward Christian Soldiers
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Sullivan and lyrics by Sabine Baring-Gould
Sung by Peter O'Toole
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Excellent film
14 December 2003 | by grahamsj3See all my reviews

Peter O'Toole stars as Murphy, sole survivor of a ship torpedoed by a German U-boat at the close of WW2. He generates a lot of hatred towards the Germans and sets about to extract revenge for his fallen comrades. This is a story of hatred gone ballistic and obsession for revenge. It seems that Murphy has gone mad. Towards the end of the film, a means to get his revenge becomes available and he sets out to kill the U=boat. Will he succeed? A very good film!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 January 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Murphy's War See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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