HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
Morfalous, Les
Dreambuilders
Everything Went Fine
Lux AEterna
Rum Runners
Fairy and the Devil, The
Mad God
Outside the Law
I Remember Mama
Superman Unbound
Lawrence of Belgravia
House Across the Lake, The
Wonder Park
Hornsby e Rodriguez
Operation Mincemeat
5 Kung Fu Daredevil Heroes
Scoob!
Earwig
Offseason
Peau Douce, La
Double Indemnity
Na Cha and the Seven Devils
Deep Murder
Superman vs. the Elite
Adam Project, The
Osamu Tezuka's Last Mystery of the 20th Century
Horse, La
Buffaloed
Train Robbers, The
Let Sleeping Cops Lie
Abominable
Funeral, The
Burning Sea, The
Godzilla Singular Point
Ace of Aces
Innocents, The
Beast and the Magic Sword, The
Last Hard Men, The
Found Footage Phenomenon, The
Night Trap
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Shout at the Devil Playing Battleships Gets Personal
Year: 1976
Director: Peter Hunt
Stars: Lee Marvin, Roger Moore, Barbara Parkins, Ian Holm, Reinhard Kolldehoff, Gernot Endemann, Karl Michael Vogler, Horst Janson, Gerard Paquis, Maurice Denham, Jean Kent, Heather Wright, George Coulouris, Renu Setna, Murray Melvin, Bernard Horsfall
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Action, AdventureBuy from Amazon
Rating:  5 (from 2 votes)
Review: The year is 1913 and the place is Zanzibar, where various nationalities have been attempting to gain the upper hand in the territory, including the British and the Germans. The latter have a mighty warship in the seas around the area, but at the moment the ivory poacher Flynn O'Flynn (Lee Marvin) is largely concerned with securing his haul and ensuring he can get it out of the country so he may gain a tidy profit. He thinks he needs assistance, or some kind of fall guy at any rate, so arranges for his manservant Mohammed (Ian Holm) to steal a visiting British gentleman's money and travel tickets to Australia. The gentleman is Sebastian Oldsmith (Roger Moore), but he might not be the pushover he appears...

Shout at the Devil began life as a Wilbur Smith bestseller, well, actually it began life as a true story of the early stages of World War I where the British tried to destroy a powerful German battleship, but that served as the basis for what was essentially a riproaring yarn of derring-do which owed plenty not so much to the British tradition of such adventures, but more the cinema of John Ford. Not simply in the casting of Marvin, who had worked with the American director at times, but in the whole tough yet humorous demeanour of the piece, complete with hard drinking, comedy brawling and Barbara Parkins as a Maureen O'Hara substitute.

She played Flynn's sensible daughter who eventually falls for Sebastian and vice versa, but before reached that point there was a lot of two-fisted diversions to take into account, and even afterwards there was a lot to take in; although often seen in a two hour version, there was one which lasted half an hour longer that the Brits got to see. Even at that length, there was possibly more than was necessary, as you had the measure of the characters fairly quickly and the sense of the filmmakers weighing the audience down into submission by including as much as the target viewer has read in the source was tending towards overkill, no matter how far the charms of the cast endured.

In fact, the more Marvin drank onscreen, the further you were reminded of his real life alcoholism which was not nearly as amusing, with tales of him getting so inebriated he got into a fistfight with Moore while filming; you'd like to think it played out in the same way as it does in the actual story, but it was likely more tawdry than that (though Sir Roger won). As if it was the law for any British action movie of this era, there were plenty of connections to the James Bond series here, not only in the star but behind the scenes as well with famed editor Peter Hunt at the helm, John Glen on second unit, even Derek Meddings doing the miniatures and Maurice Binder providing the title sequence (with no silhouettes of naked ladies - see? He had range) and so forth. Add to that Flynn calling Sebastian "Bassey" and there was another link, obviously a reference to the singer of three Bond themes.

Hmm, not sure about that last one. Anyway, the main plot sees a tit for tat played out by the newly teamed up on (just about) equal footing heroes and a German Commissioner, Fleischer (Reinhard Kolldehoff) who tries to kill them out of spite as much as anything else. Understandably put out by this, revenge is on the cards for Flynn and Sebastian, and for the first hour and a half this is presented with a sense of humour, but then there's a twist of surprising brutality and the tone turns unexpectedly grim, as if to say yeah, we were having fun but this place brings out the worst in everyone. This place being Africa, for Shout at the Devil was filmed in South Africa to much international outcry as the extreme right wing apartheid regime was offering cheap incentives to moviemakers right up until the time they were toppled. You may find this means the depiction of black Africans as either buffoons, conmen or savages a sticking point, and Ian Holm is blacked up as Flynn's mute sidekick (Rog gets in on the act, too), so that steel beneath the jovial surface is... uneasily interesting. Music by Maurice Jarre.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 3530 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (2)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Andrew Pragasam
Graeme Clark
Enoch Sneed
Mary Sibley
  Desbris M
  Sheila Reeves
Paul Smith
   

 

Last Updated: