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Shout at the Devil (1976)

PG | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 1976 (Italy)
During World War I, a British aristocrat, an American entrepreneur, and the latter's attractive young daughter, set out to destroy a German battlecruiser, which is awaiting repairs in an inlet just off Zanzibar.

Director:

Peter R. Hunt (as Peter Hunt)

Writers:

Stanley Price (screenplay), Alastair Reid (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Marvin ... Flynn
Roger Moore ... Sebastian Oldsmith
Barbara Parkins ... Rosa
Ian Holm ... Mohammed
Reinhard Kolldehoff ... Fleischer (as Rene Kolldehoff)
Gernot Endemann ... Braun
Karl Michael Vogler ... Von Kleine
Horst Janson ... Kyller
Gerard Paquis Gerard Paquis ... Capt. da Silva - Portuguese Pilot
Maurice Denham ... Mr. Smythe
Jean Kent ... Mrs. Smythe
Heather Wright ... Cynthia
George Coulouris ... El Keb
Renu Setna ... Mr. Raji
Murray Melvin ... Lt. Phipps
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Storyline

Just prior to World War I the hard drinking, sharpshooting, Irish American Colonel Flynn O'Flynn uses British aristocrat Sebastian Oldsmith to help poach ivory from German controlled territory in East Africa, putting them at odds with Herman Fleischer, the local German Provincial Commander. When Sebastian is infected with malaria, he is nursed back to health by Flynn's daughter Rosa, they fall in love and marry. Not long afterwards, Britain declares war on Germany and they are drawn into the conflict, ultimately making a daring attack on the German armored cruiser S.M.S. Blücher as it undergoes repairs in a local estuary. Written by Chris Frost <icarus2oo2@msn.com>

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The Greatest African Adventure Ever Filmed See more »


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Trivia

Some movie posters featured a long text preamble that read: "Filmed with all the spectacle of 'King Solomon's Mines', the drama of 'African Queen', the passion of 'Snows of Kilimanjaro' and the majesty of 'Lawrence of Arabia'. It is a spectacular adventure you will always remember and a beautiful love story you will never forget." See more »

Goofs

Having served on Ammunition Ships in Vietnam, and knowing of actual ship explosions during World War II and Vietnam. An bomb placed in the Main Magazine of ship would have cause a catastrophic explosion engulfing the entire ship. Not a series of explosions as depicted. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Flynn O'Flynn: He's deformed!
Sebastian Oldsmith: He's a girl.
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Alternate Versions

At present only the shorter (aproximatedly 2hrs) version is available on VHS in Sweden and the UK (and presumably the rest of Europe as well). Peter Copley's scenes as Adm Howe are omitted and several other scenes trimmed. Originally the Germans spoke English dialogue. Their scenes has been redubbed into German! See more »

Connections

Referenced in Roger Moore: My Word Is My Bond (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

As Rivers Run Deep
(uncredited)
Music by Maurice Jarre
Lyrics by Georges Sigara
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A rollicking great action yarn (that was true!)
8 March 2008 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

The first thing you notice about this film is the racist MPAA. Despite it being rated PG for war violence, there was nudity. Breasts were exposed, but they weren't those of Barbara Parkins ("Peyton Place", Valley of the Dolls, and her skintastic moment in Breakfast in Paris), but of African natives. Seems that black breasts are not taboo for children to see.

But, to the film itself. It is actually two films. The first half in 1912, has Lee Marvin (Cat Ballou, Paint Your Wagon) as a drunken ivory poacher who manages to get Roger Moore (The Spy Who Loved Me, "The Saint") to partner up with him. After Moore and Parkins (Marvin's daughter) plan to marry, there is a great fight scene reminiscent of many John Wayne pictures.

Then the film changes. World War I is declared and the Germans are on the march led by Reinhard Kolldehoff (Moon Over Parador, "The Winds of War"), a big fat German pig whose men slaughter Moore and Parkins baby, and set them on a search for revenge.

The film has plenty of action, including what I would call a paper mache bi-plane which almost takes Moore's life, and culminates in the blowing up of a German battleship that had run over Moore and Marvin earlier.

Marvin was extremely funny and Moore looked just great painted black to get on the ship. Parkins was radiant throughout, even when consumed with revenge for the murder of her baby.

Sir Ian Holm (Chariots of Fire) was also fantastic as Marvin's mute servant.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1976 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

A Batalha da Vingança See more »

Filming Locations:

Port St. Johns, South Africa See more »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)
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Tonav Productions See more »
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Runtime:

| (video) | (1976) (cut) | (video release) (2006)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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