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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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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 January 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Wiegenlied der Verdammten See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela See more »

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane itself, a Grumman Duck, that was used in the movie and flown by Frank Tallman, can now be seen on static display at US Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 17 mins) There is modern-day traffic on the far right of the screen crossing a high bridge just above the tree-line. See more »

Quotes

Murphy: [as the doctor is about to stick a needle into him] I hope you sharpened it this time.
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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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Mad Irishman Revenges self on Sub
13 April 2006 | by raegan_butcherSee all my reviews

Crusty Irish Seaman (ooooh that just sounds wrong!) Peter O'Toole swears vengeance upon the nasty German U-boat that sank his ship. Not only that, but the heartless Huns machine-gunned O'Toole and the rest of the survivors as they bobbed helplessly in the ocean. So, like the deranged captain Ahab in Moby Dick, he devotes his considerable energies to tracking down that submarine and sinking it.

I saw this on TV back in the early eighties. Now, as an adult I see the resemblance to Moby Dick and I enjoy this movie even more. Anyone who likes Peter O'Toole should see Murphy's War. The location shooting is beautiful. The flying sequences are breathtaking. And the downbeat anti-war ending is awesome.


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