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Murphy's War

Murphy's War

Peter Yates (1971)

12 Certificate


Our Score
This trifle has hints of The African Queen, with Peter O'Toole as a manic Irish seaman who teams up with a Quaker missionary (O'Toole's then wife, Sian Phillips) and a French oil engineer (convincingly played by Philippe Noiret) to sink a German U-boat on the Orinoco delta. Shot in the jungles of Venezuela, the film's blend of whimsy and battle is skilfully handled by director Peter Yates, who was riding high at the time on the success of Bullitt.


A sailor survives a torpedo attack on his ship and is taken to a mission hospital. As he recuperates, he becomes increasingly obsessed with avenging the deaths of his fellow crewmen by rebuilding a downed plane and using it to destroy the Nazi submarine responsible. Second World War drama, starring Peter O'Toole, Sian Phillips, Philippe Noiret and Horst Janson.

Cast & Crew

Murphy Peter O'Toole
Dr Hayden Sian Phillips
Louis Brezan Philippe Noiret
Kapitan Lauchs Horst Janson
Lieutenant Ellis John Hallam
Lieutenant Voght Ingo Mogendorf
Director Peter Yates
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Guidance: Edited for violence and language. Available on: Available on DVD


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