Morituri is a Second World War sea drama of sometimes battering impact. Starring Marlon Brando and Yul Brynner, the production carries strong suspense at times and a brooding menace that communicates to the spectator.

Morituri is a Second World War sea drama of sometimes battering impact. Starring Marlon Brando and Yul Brynner, the production carries strong suspense at times and a brooding menace that communicates to the spectator.

Action takes place aboard a German blockade runner in 1942 en route from Yokohama to Bordeaux with a cargo of 7,000 tons of indispensable crude rubber for the Nazis, which the Allies also want. British put a man on the freighter with orders to disarm explosive charges by which the captain would scuttle his ship rather than allow capture.

Both Brando and Brynner contribute hard-hitting performances, Brando as the saboteur and Brynner as captain. Former, a German deserter threatened with return to Germany and certain death if he doesn’t acquiesce to British demand, gives his impersonation almost tongue-in-cheek handling.

In top support, Trevor Howard is in briefly as a British Intelligence officer, and Martin Benrath makes the most of his role as exec officer, a Nazi who takes over the ship when Brynner becomes raging drunk.

1965: Nominations: Best B&W Cinematography, B&W Costume Design

Morituri

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Bernhard Wicki; Producer Aaron Rosenberg; Screenplay Daniel Taradash; Camera Conrad Hall; Editor Joseph Silver; Music Jerry Goldsmith; Art Director Jack Martin Smith, Herman A. Blumenthal

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1965. Running time: 118 MIN.

With

Marlon Brando Yul Brynner Janet Margolin Trevor Howard Martin Benrath Hans Christian Blech
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