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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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murphy makes war, not love! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »
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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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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

Apparently, despite a copyright credits statement made on this 1971 film, this movie wasn't actually registered for copyright until 30 January 1990 (copyright number PA-490-129). See more »

Goofs

When charging the dredger towards the submarine and trying to manoeuvre, Murphy hollers "hard to port" then immediately spins the wheel to the right, which is starboard. See more »

Quotes

Murphy: Nothin' heroic, me old son. It came natural. I was only savin' me own skin. The name's Murphy.
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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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Very different war movie
10 October 2000 | by cw-19See all my reviews

I´ve happened to see this film quite a few times over the years. It´s still one of the best I´ve seen, thanks to the great acting from Peter O'Toole and the other cast too.

The story itself, is maybe not too complex, but the excellent acting makes this one very different. Peters way of portraying someone totally consumed with the idea of revenge, is awesome.. and that accent of his is always nice :-)


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