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Murphy's War Reviews

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½ October 16, 2015
Yate's follow up to his smashing debut 'breakaway'
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
July 18, 2011
Bought but not yet watched
½ July 6, 2011
O'Toole makes this all the better, but it's not a bad story, like Moby Dick meets Lawrence of Arabia via The Bridge on the River Kwai. I'd count it among Peter Yates' best stuff. Not too talky, some sense of scale, images that tell the story, and exciting action sequences, especially Murphy's flying scenes. Anyways O'Toole really lives the role, did all his own stunts and is awesome throughout with a little help from his co-stars, Phillippe Noiret most memorably.
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 March 1, 2010
Some might relate to Murphy. Very entertaining. OToole's manic portrayal of a soldier's obssesion with revenge after Nazis kill off his fellow soldiers. Interesting character developement .
The usual 'love interest' - Her ideological beliefs apparently, are not Murphy's. Her shouting from the canoe as Murchy goes on his last insane fling of hate at the Nasis..'Murphy!...the war is over!...' Some might relate to Murphy
½ December 14, 2009
Peter O` Toole one mad irishman.....
December 7, 2009
this is exactly the type of film i love. obsessed men, driven by war, making things, being mechanical, being diabolical. no back story. a remote setting. landscape, sky. thrilling aerial photography. it's a captain ahab story and presupposes many of the film moments in 'jaws' four years later. o'toole was never more placidly manic, hellbent will aflame in his famous blue eyes. the film is slowly paced, but deliberately constructed in a sure-handed way i wish more modern action films would emulate. great stuff.
October 20, 2009
Well what do you know. War is hell. I like this movie though. Very entertaining.
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 August 2, 2009
Peter O'Toole was rather good in this film, playing a man intent on revenge. The film looked very much a prodiuct of the 1970s - a German u-boat commander with long hair, well fed natives for instance, but tiold an interesting story of obsession and hatred.
May 29, 2009
This film was a bit mental, like the central character, and not what I expected at all. It is certainly 'different' though, which is no bad thing.
½ May 10, 2009
Brilliant film, the o'big-tools irish accent sucks big.
April 1, 2009
A curio as far as War films go - set in South America during the Second World War. I only watched this due to the Peter O'Toole factor - but even his manic, hell-bent on revenge schtick got annoying fast. Not the classic i was led to believe it was, at least not for me.
½ March 27, 2009
Saw this for the first time yesterday, and thought it was very good.
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