The beautiful location footage is as much travelogue as it is integral to the tale, and clearly, Sir Roger Moore and the late Lee Marvin evidently had a lot of fun making it. For a while, the pair make a great team and succeed at humiliating the local German officer, Fleisher - but the fun comes to a sudden end when war is declared and Fleisher gets a chance for revenge. Barbara Parkins plays Flynn's daughter and Sebastian's romantic interest with fiestiness and Ian Holm is amusing as Flynn's mute assistant Mohammed. The producer himself called it a combination between and. The fights are clumsily staged. The first half of the film rambles along without pace. But then they must work together to defeat the Germans at the onset of World War I.
Synopsis Just prior to World War I the hard drinking, sharpshooting, Irish American Colonel Flynn O'Flynn uses British aristocrat Sebastian Oldsmith to help poach ivory from German controlled territory in East Africa, putting them at odds with Herman Fleischer, the local German Provincial Commander. Marvin plays rascally American ivory poacher Flynn O'Flynn in the African country of Zanzibar in 1913. Roger Moore is also impressive as Flynn's opposite, Sebastian, whose a gentleman at first but quickly learns to toughen up as the story becomes more serious. All the same, I think a more snappy pace would have helped things considerably. Thirty seconds later, Parkins is nine months pregnant and in labor. Hunt as Peter Hunt , During World War One a British aristocrat, an American entrepreneur and the latter's attractive young daughter, set out to destroy a German battle-cruiser which is awaiting repairs in an inlet just off Zanzibar.
Lee Marvin on the other hand has featured in some very worthy outings, perhaps most memorably 'Paint Your Wagon' and 'The Dirty Dozen'. Bad acting, clichéd lines, clichéd cinematography and cheap humour. The real scene stealer for much of the two hour 30 minute run time is Ian Holm, cast as O'Flynns' mute associate Mohammed. Plot: ship, military, adventurer, survival, adventure, vengeance, treasure hunt, heroes, soldier, fall in love, mute or deaf, danger, one man army, heroic mission, chases and races, dishonesty, escapades, rivalry, rescue, race against time, daring rescue, cons and scams, tough heroes, poacher, crocodile. Since Moore has to stay in Africa, Marvin suggests, why don't they team up? Oldsmith is stranded in Zanzibar because his property is stolen from a hotel and he is now unable to sail to Australia, which was his plan. P J Pretorius had gone on board Königsberg disguised as a native to pace out the ranges for the Navy's guns. They are married and have a daughter together.
Normally, I feel that the original full length version of a movie is the version to see, but in the case of this movie, I think that the edited version might play better. Port st johns is,or at least was,at the time of filming a very inaccesable part of the coast. Having watched Sebastian Oldsmith arrive in town, heavy drinking American Colonel Flynn O'Flynn cons him into helping him poach ivory from German East Africa. The big fight between Marvin and Moore is very funny. The film starred my favorite actor Roger Moore and he delivered a good performance.
Shooting took 15 weeks and began in March 1975. It has more of everything you want in a frontier war adventure; - more romance between a British adventurer played by Roger Moore and the daughter of Lee Marvin's seamy ivory poacher, given complex, sympathetic life by Barbara Parkins and - more explosions and pitched battles; more heart-wrenching tragedy and suspense; Only the finely balanced banter between Katharine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart which made their earlier film still stand out as the definite classic compared with this later effort is missing. The central character is one Flynn O'Flynn, a thoroughly disreputable character, played by Lee Marvin. Duthie Editor Art Syd Cain Production Design Visual Effects Derek Meddings Visual Effects Production Irene Lamb Casting Camera James Devis Camera Operator Lighting Frank Heeney Gaffer Camera Alec Mills Camera Operator Camera George Whitear Still Photographer Art Maurice Binder Title Designer Production Vicki Deason Production Secretary. Roger Moore and Lee Marvin team up as Sebastian, a witty and cosmopolitan Englishman, and Flynn O'Flynn, a boozy and ornery Irish American, who decide to blow up a German battleship that has been hidden away for repairs in Southeast Africa.
I can only be as good as the other guy. Even Roger Moore is unhumourous in the second half. It's so cheerfully corny, so willing to involve its heroes in every possible predicament, that after awhile we relax: This is the kind of movie they used to make, back when audiences were supposed to have the mentality of a 12-year-old. So ultimate revenge is had and in a fitting poetic justice, Mom of infant Parkins, extracts the final measure of justice from the German officer. Lee Marvin basically reprises Ben Rumson and Roger Moore plays James Bond as an Edwardian adventurer.
If you have any legal issues please contact the appropriate media file owners or host sites. The second half of the movie is much more serious, as the two main characters volunteer to go on a dangerous mission with the objective of blowing up a German battleship docked for repairs. During the first half of the film, it plays just like a road runner cartoon. I first saw this movie, when it was first released in 1976 and must say, it hasn't lost its momentum. The childish comedy jars with the brutality and violence in a story that meanders clumsily about, as if the script itself had had too many whiffs of Lee Marvin's gin. Because of its age and director Britisher Peter Hunt , the film looks creaky as all hell today. Flynn O'Flynn has all of Ben Rumson's comic characteristics.
The main story is loosely based on events concerning the light cruiser , which was sunk after taking refuge in 1915. Fleischer has his warship ram and sink O'Flynn's Arab ship loaded with poached ivory. O'Flynn and Sebastian decide to go and kill Fleischer as revenge for the death of the little girl. The film, though overlong, is a treat for a Sunday afternoon. Then what follows on from there is basically action all the way with some of it suggestively brutal as Rosa is hell bent on killing Fleischer whilst we also learn of the German boat under repair hidden in a canal. That all comes with the scenes which see Fleischer attack O'Flynn's residence leaving death and destruction in his wake, a powerful and unsettling series of scenes. Everyone else just turned up for their pay-cheques.
Moore is an elephant poacher and Marvin is a drunk living with his adult daughter Barbara Parkins in what is now Tanzania. But, to the film itself. The snarling Kolldehoff makes for an effective bad guy. The main problem I have is with the main villain Fleischer. The supporting cast features and.