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Murphy's War (1971)

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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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

14 January 1971 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

La guerra de Murphy See more »

Filming Locations:

Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Peter O'Toole performed most of his own stunts for this movie. 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: Lady! I'm stark bollocks naked!
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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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No cliches, gripping stuff.
20 October 2001 | by caprice-1See all my reviews

I don't know why I've never seen this film before as it must have been on TV many times. A modern day remake would probably have the Peter O Toole and Sian Phillips characters falling in love or whatever but the ending to Murphy was a surprise to me as I expected the "happy ending". I thought the film was unique in some regards to the genre, beautiful location and well acted by all the cast. Just watch Murphy's eye twitching in the opening sequences. Peter O Toole is without a doubt one of the best actors ever. I also think this is one of the best films ever made, well written and executed.


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