Murphy's War (1971)

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A lone survivor from a British naval ship is obsessed with getting revenge on a German U-boat crew that massacred his shipmates in the water.



  • Siân Phillips in Murphy's War (1971)
  • Horst Janson in Murphy's War (1971)
  • Murphy's War (1971)
  • Peter O'Toole and Philippe Noiret in Murphy's War (1971)
  • Peter O'Toole and Siân Phillips in Murphy's War (1971)
  • Peter O'Toole and Philippe Noiret in Murphy's War (1971)

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6 May 2013 | philipjcowan
| Glad so many people like it
I saw this film first time round and, going by the date is was made, I must have been about seven years old. Our cinema in Lochgelly was rather lax about age restrictions.

Scenes still stick in my mind and its themes are still very much with me — the horror and dehumanizing impact of war and the futility of revenge.

I have since seen the film again and I was glad not to be disappointed. Being older and wiser, one is inevitably more critical, but there is so much to enjoy in this film. The performances, setting and story all work together to draw you into its dark and dangerous world.

Most notably of all, the U-boat commander and his men are portrayed as human beings. Efficient, determined, ruthless, but they too have feelings and hate the whole damn war just as much as Murphy. This was unusual in war films up until then, and its progressive, enlightened approach to the war enhances the story. We understand and even feel for Murphy, but we too must understand that sometimes we need to let go, accept our losses, be glad we survived and realise that our enemies are human too.

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