1970s Shout at the Devil (1976)

Published on February 17th, 2013 | by Chris

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Shout at the Devil (1976)

Movie directed by:
Peter R. Hunt

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Rating:
3
On February 17, 2013
Last modified:February 26, 2013

Summary:

Lee Marvin and Roger Moore combine to make a decent action movie -slash- fun thrill ride.... And its got Lee Marvin in it, so it can't be bad, right?

Shout at the Devil (1976)No, this has nothing to do with Motley Crue, whatsoever.... Rather Shout at the Devil is a practically unknown little surprise of a movie starring Lee Marvin, Roger Moore, and Barbara Parkins....

We find ourselves in Africa in the 19-teens, with one Flynn O'Flynn (Lee Marvin) a drunk and a con man who is there...well I'm not really sure why he was there, (did I miss something?) but it really doesn't matter.  Through coincidence, he's linked up with English Gentleman(tm) Sebastian Oldsmith (Roger Moore).  Events conspire against them, through the doings of Commisioner and Kaiser lookalike Fleischer (Reinhard Kolldehoff)...  A deadly game of one-upsmanship ensues.

Sebastian and O'Flynn's daughter Rosa (Barbara Parkins) predicatably fall in love, and have a child.  When Fleischer goes a bit too far, and raids their home and kills the child....  Sebastian and O'Flynn team up with the British (now that WWI is on) to exact revenge on Fleischer, and the German battleship which sank O'Flynn's boat earlier in the film...

...and it actually winds up being a fairly decent movie.  I'll admit, though, that the beginning is mighty clumsy.  I almost turned it off, since I didn't think it was going anywhere useful.  Once things start to "click," though, and the chemistry between Marvin, Moore, and Parkins kicks in fully, the experience is quite rewarding.

Not only that, but the production was really well done, I'm surprised that this movie isn't more known.  The bits of combat and military screen time are satisfying.  What put this over into the "I like it" column for me, though, was the aforementioned chemistry between the principals, and the mix of deadly serious with humor throughout.  Marvin's portrayal of the greedy drunken O'Flynn was simply hysterical.  Parkin's, also, was remarkably convincing as the revenge-bent mother.  Look carefully for a mute and darkened Ian Holm as O'Flynn's faithful servant.

Shout at the Devil may not live up to its own hype (just see the poster and watch the trailer) but I can't believe I didn't know about this one sooner.   It's not going to win any Oscars, and it sure doesn't live up to many definitions of "epic" but its definitely a satisfying two-and-a-half hours of film.  Once you get past the clumsy build up, that is.  I'm going to go 3.5/5, just because I did like it so much, and I can't bring myself to go a full four.

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Description

During World War One an English poacher, an American adventurer 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...

DVD Information

Binding: DVD
Aspect Ratio:
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Brand: Director: Peter R. Hunt; Starring: Roger Moore, Lee Marvin, Barbara Parkins, Ian Holm and Reinhard Kolldehoff
Manufacturer: Kam
Original Release Date:
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Features

  • Single Layer
  • Subtitles: Traditional / Simplified Chinese and ENGLISH

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Shout at the Devil (1976) Chris

Summary: Lee Marvin and Roger Moore combine to make a decent action movie -slash- fun thrill ride.... And its got Lee Marvin in it, so it can't be bad, right?

3.5


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3 Responses to Shout at the Devil (1976)

  1. the war movie buff says:

    I saw it recently but have not reviewed it yet. Have to admit that you liked it more than I did. I definitely got the impression that Marvin was not “acting” drunk, but was in fact drunk during the production. I am usually a big fan, but he was a bit hard to take in this.

  2. Chris says:

    I will admit that I was skeptical at first, but it grew on me. I never considered the “he wasn’t acting” possibility, and now that you mention it, it makes perfect sense!

  3. With all respect for Marvin and Moore who in a way are great in any movie, one has to admit the historical background making no sense at all. The storyline seemed to be losely based on british ww 1 propaganda. I liked it anyway.

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