Cry of the Penguins (1971) - Rotten Tomatoes

Cry of the Penguins (1971)

Cry of the Penguins





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A great deal of director Al Viola's version of this film was pruned away for its general release. The missing portions are not only the heart of the story, but they are the heart of the novel by Graham Billings which gave rise to the film. The whole story is that Forbush (John Hurt) is going nowhere in his romance of Tara (Hayley Mills) because he is basically an uninteresting, shallow man. In desperation, he decides to go off to Antarctica and study penguins. He hopes that his heroism in doing this will prove his sincerity to Tara. Once there, he grows genuinely enchanted by his project and develops a real interest in penguins. It is this, rather than his courage, which wins him Tara's affections. The truncated version omits most of the film's reputedly spectacular and affecting Antarctic footage (shot by Arne Sucksdorff) in order to concentrate on the love story. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
On DVD: Sep 20, 1994


John Hurt
as Forbush
Tony Britton
as George Dewport
Joss Ackland
as Head of Board
Rudy Bond
as 3rd Pilot
Brian Oulton
as Food-Store Clerk
Burnell Tucker
as 2nd Pilot
Salmaan Peer
as Ahaz Khan
Thorley Walters
as Mr. Forbush Sr.
Dudley Sutton
as Starshot
Judy Campbell
as Mrs. Forbush
Cyril Luckham
as Prof. Tringham
Hugh Moxey
as Lord Cheddar
Norman Claridge
as Principal
John Comer
as Police Sergeant
Jumoke Debayo
as Traffic Warden
Richard Bond
as Third Pilot
Marianne Stone
as Policewoman
Lew Luton
as 1st Pilot
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Critic Reviews for Cry of the Penguins

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 15, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

It's worth seeing for the penguins, as the humans prove to be less interesting.

Full Review… | May 8, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hurt's performance elevates this man-in-nature adventure.

September 1, 2006
Las Vegas Review-Journal

This just wouldn't have worked with fakery or process shots

Full Review… | February 24, 2003

August 11, 2005

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