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Suspenseful action highlights this film in which Marlon Brando and Yul Brynner team up to defuse a Nazi freighter, poised to explode upon capture.
Marlon Brando plays a world-weary, conscientious objector to all wars in the tense, thoughtful Morituri, an adult drama about wartime ethics and the price of commitment to a cause. Brando plays Robert Crain, a German deserter who escaped the Nazis with his fortune intact, happy to be sitting out the battle in British-governed India. His comfort is challenged when an intelligence official (Trevor Howard) essentially blackmails him into going undercover, posing as an SS officer taking passage on a German ship carrying tons of rubber for munitions. Crain's mission is to deliver the ship into Allied hands, but once he's aboard, he becomes a target of derision by the proud, anti-Nazi captain (Yul Brynner) and suspicion by a handful of Resistance members planning to scuttle the voyage. The dramatic irony in this film by German actor-director Bernhard Wicki is that Crain, who claims to take no sides and believes in nothing worth killing for, becomes a catalyst for a great deal of sacrifice and the underscoring of others' convictions with bloodshed. Janet Margolin has a memorable role as a half-mad, Jewish doctor who puts her life on the line to help Crain, and Brynner nearly steals the show in a tremendous performance as a man who has lost faith in everything. Some spectacular scenes give Morituri a certain electricity, including a complicated, unbroken shot taken (one presumes) from a helicopter that swoops in on the ship from a distance to catch a few lines of dialogue and a bit of action. --Tom Keogh
Good to see the mid 60s Brando in a tight, terse spy story of World War II that doesn't use the usual clichés. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Bob W.
Unbelievable - an amazing gem from 1965. Fantastic dialogue, subplots - well written - complex, mature, many times cynical - just tremendous. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lucchese
Movie is good. As a prime member you get two day shipping . As of 6 days later. Haven't got it yet . 5 star for the show.Published 5 months ago by Sara Grieser
Great WWII movie - thought I had seen all the good ones. Yule Brenner and Marlon Brando are both fantastic in their roles. Read morePublished 6 months ago by thomsix
WATCHED THIS FILM BECAUSE I AM A BIG JANET MARGOLIN FAN. but it's all over the place.who's good and who's bad. Read morePublished 9 months ago by newton lee "louis"