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Shout at the Devil

A nice sprawling, basic, gutsy and unsophisticated film, which displays its reported $7 million budget on nearly every frame.

With:
Lee Marvin Roger Moore Barbara Parkins Ian Holm Rene Kolldehoff Horst Janson

A nice sprawling, basic, gutsy and unsophisticated film, which displays its reported $7 million budget on nearly every frame.

Based on a Wilbur Smith (Gold) novel, the script is a pastiche of almost every basic action-suspense ingredient known to the cinema.

Exotic tropical settings, man-eating crocodiles, air and sea combat, shipwreck, big game hunting, natives on a rampage, ticking time bombs, rape and fire, malaria, they’re all there and then some.

Basic ingredients have to do with a successful attempt to put permanently out of action a crippled World War I German battle cruiser holed up for repairs in a remote South East African river delta.

The oddball opposites-attract relationship between Lee Marvin and Roger Moore generally works very well indeed, and the constantly imbibing Irisher and the contrastingly ‘straight’ Britisher make good foils. The motivating love story linking Moore and Barbara Parkins is rarely involving and convincing.

Shout at the Devil

UK

Production: Hemdale. Director Peter Hunt; Producer Michael Klinger; Screenplay Wilbur Smith, Stanley Price, Alastair Reid; Camera Mike Reed; Editor Michael Duthie; Music Maurice Jarre; Art Director Syd Cain

Crew: (Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1976. Running time: 147 MIN.

With: Lee Marvin Roger Moore Barbara Parkins Ian Holm Rene Kolldehoff Horst Janson

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