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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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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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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

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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)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the book "Marlon Brando: The Biography" by Peter Marso, it states that Marlon Brando was "faced as he was with his still unfulfilled obligation" to "his ten-year old debt to [studio 20th Century] Fox, which would force him to begin shooting 'Morituri' in April 1964." Brando plays a Nazi soldier in this film as he had done so in the earlier film, The Young Lions (1958), for 20th Century Fox, both movies being filmed in black-and-white and both being for made for the same studio. See more »

Goofs

Trevor Howard (Colonel Statter) refers to India as a "British dominion" but British India was under direct British rule (and the external affairs of the Indian princely states were dictated by Britain) prior to 1947, when British India became a self-governing dominion. India later became a republic, in 1950. See more »

Quotes

Donkeyman: I promise you: before this ship reaches port, there is going to be one dead SS bastard on it.
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Cool, slick little gem that has been overlooked
7 February 2005 | by MoreLordSee all my reviews

Morituri is by no means a flawless masterpiece, but it is a good film. The problem is, because of a somewhat intricate plot you have to watch it a couple of times to understand it. Some parts of the film are dull, especially some of the engine room scenes where there is relative silence--only the noise of the engine room is heard, but it is also gripping at times. I decided to give this film another shot-and I'm glad I did. I found that it is quite interesting, after you watch it a couple of times you understand the purpose of Brando's character in the film. He is great in this film, his accent is flawless and he looks just great--I wish he would have done more action-oriented films. The cinematography is also great, and I absolutely loved the musical score. Hopefully, people will give this movie a chance and see that Brando did do a few good films in the 60's and stop giving him a bum rap.


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