Morituri (1965 film)
|Morituri (The Saboteur)|
original movie poster
|Directed by||Bernhard Wicki|
|Produced by||Aaron Rosenberg|
|Written by||Daniel Taradash|
|Music by||Jerry Goldsmith|
|Cinematography||Conrad L. Hall
|Editing by||Joseph Silver|
|Distributed by||Twentieth Century-Fox|
|Release dates||August 25, 1965|
|Running time||123 minutes|
Morituri (also known as The Saboteur and Code Name Morituri) is a 1965 film about the sabotage of a German merchant ship full of rubber. The film stars Marlon Brando, Yul Brynner, Janet Margolin and Trevor Howard. It was directed by Bernhard Wicki.
Robert Crain is a German pacifist living in India during the Second World War. He is blackmailed by the Allies into using his demolition expertise to cripple a Nazi ship carrying rubber from Japan. The Allies hope to recover the ship before it is scuttled by the Captain because rubber was in short supply and essential for various uses in the war effort.
The film did not do well on its original release, probably at least in part because few people understood its title. In an attempt to be more commercial, the film was reissued as "Saboteur: Code Name Morituri".
- Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p254
- Anticipated rentals accruing distributors in North America. See "Top Grossers of 1965", Variety, 5 January 1966 p 36
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