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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

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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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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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

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: Statter, you're a cold bastard.
Colonel Statter: I was born on a chilly island.
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Referenced in Undergrunnen (1966) See more »

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Morituri- A Movie of Glory ***1/2
13 March 2010 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Excellent film involving espionage during World War 11. Marlon Brando plays a German citizen living in India who is blackmailed to go on a ship filled with rubber that is bound for Germany. His assignment is to dislodge charges on the boat so that the allies can get the rubber.

He doesn't immediately hit it off with the ship's captain-Yul Brynner.

Nevertheless, this becomes a great spy film where Brando and Brynner both reveal their anti-Nazi feelings.

In a supporting role, Janet Margolin plays a Jewess boarded on the boat along with American prisoners. Her description of what happened to her parents and brother are memorable. She is very effective in her role as the tragic young lady.

This film is exciting and very revealing. The end gets you to think, something which is rare in films today.


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