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Murphy's War
Murphy's War
Actors: Peter O'Toole, Siān Phillips, Philippe Noiret, Horst Janson, John Hallam
Director: Peter Yates
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
PG-13     2003     1hr 47min

MURPHY?S WAR tells the story of the sole survivor of a World War II German U-boat attack that leaves him enraged and consumed with revenge.


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Actors: Peter O'Toole, Siān Phillips, Philippe Noiret, Horst Janson, John Hallam
Director: Peter Yates
Creators: Douglas Slocombe, Frank P. Keller, John Glen, Michael Deeley, Max Catto, Stirling Silliphant
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Military & War
Studio: Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/10/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/1971
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1971
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 47min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Unique WWII Fiction
D. Blackdeer | Kansas | 10/02/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A merchant seaman seeks to destroy a German submarine crew in South America to avenge the slaughter of his shipmates. Peter O'Toole is Seaman-machinist Murphy, a sardonic Irishman who miraculously survives a massacre by German submariners who unmercifully gun down Royal Navy sailors in the water after torpedoing their ship. Murphy is rescued by a Quaker medical mission on the shores of a coastal river used by the Germans to hide their boat. Local Indians later rescue the merchant ship's pilot who discloses that his seaplane is recoverable. The Germans discover there is a survivor at the mission and the submarine commander executes the pilot while Murphy is retrieving the plane. Murphy resolves to wage war single-handedly against the Germans.

Murphy's War is a very unique World War II story about an unlikely warrior who takes on overwhelming odds, and controversial when Germany is close to surrendering and ending the war in the Europe. The movie features some exciting flying scenes as Murphy learns to operate the airplane, as well as some surprising changes when he and the Germans fight to the bitter end.

The DVD release is excellent-much better than the old video tape edition.
Another lost filmic gem saved by DVD.
filmbforever | Killarney Vale, NSW Australia | 08/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Being an avid film buff I can't understand why I had never seen, or heard of, this self contained veritable masterpiece of anti-war movie making. I picked this up at my local Australian Kmart (yuck) with a bunch of other forgotten films of "antiquity" and it was the best twelve bucks I ever spent."
Thumbs Up
D. Blackdeer | 08/02/1998
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A good movie with some slow pacing to make it drag here and there, but an original tale with the charmismatic Peter O'Toole doing brillant work, with wonderful stunt flying by Frank Tallman. An adventure movie with a literary feel to it, which is what you don't get much of these days. END"
Moby Dick in the Amazon!
Raegan Butcher | Rain City, USA | 02/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this on Tv back in the early 80's and the ending made my youthful mouth drop, along with some of my foolish notions about revenge and war and things like that. Now, as an adult I see the resemblance to MOBY DICK and like this movie even more. Anyone who likes Peter O'Toole should get this; its got great locations and not only O'Toole but the great PHILIPPE NOIRET as well!"