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Morituri (1965)

A war pacifist is blackmailed to pose as an SS officer and to disable the scuttling explosives on freighter carrying rubber cargo to be captured by the Allies.

Director:

Bernhard Wicki

Writers:

Werner Jörg Lüddecke (novel) (as Werner Joerg Luedecke), Daniel Taradash (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marlon Brando ... Robert Crain
Yul Brynner ... Captain Mueller
Janet Margolin ... Esther Levy
Trevor Howard ... Colonel Statter
Martin Benrath ... Kruse
Hans Christian Blech ... Donkeyman
Wally Cox ... Dr. Ambach
Max Haufler Max Haufler ... Branner
Rainer Penkert Rainer Penkert ... Milkereit
William Redfield ... Baldwin
Oscar Beregi Jr. ... Admiral (as Oscar Beregi)
Martin Brandt ... Nissen
Charles De Vries Charles De Vries ... Kurz
Carl Esmond ... Busch
Martin Kosleck ... Wilke
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Storyline

A German living in India during World War II is blackmailed by the English to impersonate an SS officer on board a cargo ship leaving Japan for Germany carrying a large supply of rubber for tyres. His mission is to disable the scuttling charges so the captain cannot sink the ship if they are stopped by English warships. Written by Daniel Bruce <danbec@one.net.au>

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World War II, Espionage, adventure and human lives have never before been combined so explosively

Genres:

Action | Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1965 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Saboteur: Code Name Morituri See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,290,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,000,000, 31 December 1965
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Filmed on Catalina Island, Roger Vadim spent his holidays with Marlon Brando, just before Vadim married Jane Fonda, who was filming Cat Ballou (1965) in Hollywood. See more »

Goofs

Esther's hairstyle is of the Sixties, not the war years. See more »

Quotes

Robert Crain: [in the officer's mess: Crain, Capt. Mueller and Kruse are dining] It's a long voyage, and I hope that we could find some common interest.
Robert Crain: [motions to a nearby chess board] Do you play the chess, sir?
Captain Mueller: [curtly] I do.
Robert Crain: Well, then, we perhaps could have a game?
Captain Mueller: [curtly] Mr Keil, I have neither the time, nor the desire to play chess with you.
Robert Crain: [slightly taken aback] Captain Mueller... I'm not accustomed to unfriendliness, hmm? And, I quite frankly... I was really not prepared for it. Do you have some ...
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Intriguing and fascinating film!
4 January 2006 | by r-chanceySee all my reviews

One of the many things this great (but at the time overlooked) movie did was to indirectly dispel some of the mislaid blame laid on Brando for the excesses of "Mutiny on the Bounty". Here he is again working with Trevor Howard (Bligh in "Mutiny")whom the press said loathed Brando (although Howard himself came to Brando's defense during the "Mutiny" blame game. Also, here is Brando again working with Aaron Rosenburg (also from "Mutiny") whom the press clippings claimed would never work with Brando again. By all accounts, all associated with Morituri got along famously and were all on their best professional behavior. This is one of Marlon's better works during the 1960's and it is sad that the Critic's were so eager to pounce upon it. It is one of those rare films that has grown better with age. Thankfully it is out now on DVD and given the treatment it deserves.


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