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.