- Actors: Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin, Trevor Howard, Martin Benrath
- Directors: Bernhard Wicki
- Writers: Daniel Taradash, Werner Jörg Lüddecke
- Producers: Aaron Rosenberg, Barney Rosenzweig
- Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, HiFi Sound, NTSC
- Language: English, German
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: 20th Century Fox
- VHS Release Date: January 1, 1998
- Run Time: 123 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6301798589
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,351 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
Top Customer Reviews
The title, as far as I can tell, is Latin meaning `for those about to die', which seems apt after watching the film. Directed by Bernhard Wicki, someone I've never heard of, probably because he was an Austrian who mainly directed German films, the film stars Marlon Brando and Yul Brynner. Also appearing are Janet Margolin (Nevada Smith), Trevor Howard (The Third Man), and a German actor I've never heard of named Martin Benrath who I thought was quite good.
The film, set during WWII, begins with German Captain Rolf Mueller being given charge of a cargo ship, leaving Japan and destined for occupied France, one that contains critical raw materials, mainly rubber, important for Germany's war effort. He's none too happy with his assignment, as some of the crew is made up of undesirables and political prisoners destined to be tried upon arrival (I would guess they wouldn't be to eager to reach their destination). The Allied forces, on learning of the contents of the ship, approach Robert Crain, a German demolitions expert and ex-patriot hiding in English ruled India, for the purpose of getting him on the ship, not to blow up the ship, but to disarm the scuttle charges (apparently German ships contained explosives so that if they were to get captured, the captain was to detonate the explosives and `scuttle', or sink, the vessel to keep it out of enemy hands).Read more ›
Brando and Brynner are amazing to look at and the screen crackells with their chemistry.
The film has serious drama, dialogue and the plight of the concentration camp vicitms is poignantly handled.
Brando is amazing to look at and his command of the accents is great to watch. He is just brilliant and Brynner stands up to him very well..
The direction is tight and the cinematography is one of the best i have ever seen.
The movie should be reevaluted and get its rightful and much deserved appreciation.
a 21 gun salute to the movie. Another slap on the critics who ssaid that Brando did nothing great in the 60s.
The only hitch that i can see is that there should have been extra features besides the trailors in the dvd.
all in all, great fun.
The film focuses on the character of Marlon Brando who plays a wealthy German who had escaped from Germany to settle in India. Brando is the epidemy of self interest and doesn't care who wins the war. British intelligence approaches him and orders him to board a German merchant vessel leaving Tokyo Harbor for Strasbourg France with a cargo of rubber for the war effort. The Allies are also short on rubber and so coerce Brando to seize the ship under the threat of deporting him back to Germany where he would probably be shot as a traitor. Under such duress, Brando accepts the assignment and begins to demolish the explosives that are intended to scuttle the ship should it be captured or impaired. Brynner is the ship's commander and is an apolitical character. Although old fashioned in terms of patriotism, Brynner's character has no love for Hitler or the party unlike his 1st mate. Brando uses his cover as an SS officer to manipulate the first mate. At the same time, Brando uses his real identity to persuade the prisoner crew to mutiny and come with him to meet the Allied ships waiting for them. Things go terribly wrong however as the ship deviates from its expected course and Brando's cover is blown. What follows is a high suspense story of courage and determination.
This is a great film with lots of character development and suspense. The performances of Brando and Brynner are simply outstanding. This is a great film to own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The first hour of the film reflected some extremely fine film making. Not only was there a terrific plot afoot, but the film had rich, complicated characters, some of the best... Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. K.
It is B&W. had I known would not have bought. Boring, could hardly stay awake.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good film, well acted. Interesting for history, story was well thought out.Published 4 months ago by Jack Randolph Smith
this dvd is for a gift but sounds like it should be a great storyPublished 8 months ago by susiebob
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