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½ October 16, 2015
Yate's follow up to his smashing debut 'breakaway'
½ July 11, 2014
'Murphy's War' is a tale of revenge and obsession set against the backdrop of World War II. Whilst typical war films contain a premise that follows destruction on a grand scale like 'Saving Private Ryan', 'Murphy's War' focuses on a private battle set against a more secluded stage. Peter O'Toole's performance as the crazy Irishman in dramatic conflict is pitch-perfect and Peter Yates' direction evokes the tropical beauty of Venezuela's landscape, contrasting it with the violence and horrors of war in a film of confrontation and vengeance. A brilliant understated 1970's flick.
½ January 29, 2014
Doing something "the Irish way" is often held to be doing it the idiotic way. Yet there is a certain method to this Irishman's madness
November 29, 2011
Pretty decent war film and one of director Peter Yates neglected films.
Peter O Toole is on fine form as Murphy ,the sole survivor of a merchant ship sunk by a ruthless U boat captain.

Murphy decides to get his revenge whatever the cost and ropes in local engineer Breznan ,played wonderfully by Phillipe Noiret.

Local Nurse Miss Hayden is of course dead set against all this macho posturing and just wants Murphy to see out the impending end of World War 2 ,which is constantly refered to is radio broadcasts .

O Toole gives Murphy a dangerous and self destructive edge that no actor of his generation could match and the tension between him and Hayden feesl real because he was married to actress Sian Phillips at the time.
Yates keeps everything ticking along nicely and the final showdown is expertly staged ,an excellent war film with plenty to say on the nature of revenge.
Super Reviewer
April 5, 2009
Bought but not yet watched
March 14, 2011
Excellent war adventure. O'Toole and his wife working well together.
June 19, 2010
well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch......its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.......i think that peter o toole, sian phillips, phillippe noiret, ingo mogendorf, john hallam, horst janson, george roubicek play good roles/parts throughout this movie...........i think that peter o toole, sian phillips were great throughout this movie.......i think that the director of this action/drama/thriller/war movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie i think that this is a great war movie 2 watch with a brilliant cast throughout this movie n its a really enjoyble war movie 2 watch
½ August 6, 2009
One mans slow going private war against a German sub.
½ August 6, 2009
Talk about slow going final fight
½ March 27, 2009
Saw this for the first time yesterday, and thought it was very good.
½ December 23, 2008
not gonna write a review on this, but thought you might enjoy it if you can find it. only 34 people on flixter have seen this and 26 gave it 4 stars.
awsome performance from o'toole as a obsessed seaman bent on destroyiing theu boat tha sunk his ship.
if you can find well worth watching.
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