🎥 Murphy’s War – 1971
The Story …
In the closing days of World War II, Irish crewman Murphy is the sole survivor of the crew of merchant ship Mount Kyle, which had been sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors machine-gunned in the water.
Murphy reaches the shore and finds a missionary settlement on the Orinoco in Venezuela, where he is treated by the pacifist Quaker Dr. Hayden …
When Murphy discovers that the U-boat is hiding farther up river under the cover of the jungle, he obsessively plots to sink it by any means, including by using a surviving Grumman J2F Duck floatplane from the Mount Kyle.
The floatplane’s wounded pilot was shot dead in his hospital bed by the U-boat captain in order to preserve the secret of the sub’s location and of the war crimes committed by the shooting of survivors in the water.
Murphy tries to fly the aircraft on the choppy river water and learns how to manipulate the controls by trial and error.
He soon finds the U-boat’s hiding place and attempts to bomb it using homemade Molotov cocktail bombs, but his effort fails and the mission settlement is destroyed in retaliation.
Later, word comes that Germany has surrendered, but Murphy is obsessed with revenge and plans to ram the U-boat with a floating crane owned by Louis, a friendly Frenchman.
This attempt also fails when the U-boat dives under him. However, the submerged U-boat is ensnared in a mud bank.
Murphy uses the crane to recover an unexploded torpedo fired earlier by the U-boat and drops it on the trapped crew, killing them. Murphy is also killed as the explosion from the torpedo causes the crane jib to pin him to the deck as the floating crane sinks to the river bed …
- Directed by Peter Yates
- Screenplay by Stirling Silliphant
- Based on Murphy’s War 1969 novel by Max Catto
- Produced by Michael Deeley
- Cinematography : Douglas Slocombe
- Edited by John Glen and Frank P. Keller
- Music by John Barry and Ken Thorne
- Production Companies : Hemdale Michael Deeley-Peter Yates Films
- Distributed by Paramount Pictures
- Release Date : 13 January 1971
- Peter O’Toole as Murphy
- Siân Phillips as Dr. Hayden
- Philippe Noiret as Louis Brezon
- Horst Janson as Commander Lauchs, German Submarine Captain
- John Hallam as Lieutenant Ellis, Seaplane Pilot from RNMS Mount Kyle
- Ingo Mogendorf as Lieutenant Voght, Submarine Executive Officer
- Harry Fielder as German Sub Crewman
- George Roubicek as U-boat Crewman
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