Published on February 17th, 2013 | by Chris3
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.
Shout at the Devil
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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 InformationBinding: DVD
Audience Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Brand: Director: Peter R. Hunt; Starring: Roger Moore, Lee Marvin, Barbara Parkins, Ian Holm and Reinhard Kolldehoff
Original Release Date:
- Single Layer
- Subtitles: Traditional / Simplified Chinese and ENGLISH
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Probably a boot legged, knock off, product,
This review is from: Shout at the Devil (DVD)
DVD quality is poor. DVD packaging also has statement "NOT AUTHORIZED FOR SALE OUTSIDE HONG KONG AND MACAU". A lot of bootlegged products are or were produced in Hong Kong. I should have returned it but that was several years past.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
... took so long that the whole family is so happy to have it in our collection,
This review is from: Shout at the Devil (Blu-ray/dvd Combo) (Blu-ray)
Seeing this movie years ago and trying to purchase it took so long that the whole family is so happy to have it in our collection. In Blu-ray it is beautiful to see Africa and the elephants and the beautiful setting of the house where Lee Marvin, and his daughter and servants live.
The story is good and alot of action and Roger Moore finally gets to act in a well-scripted screenplay and Barbara Perkins and Ian Holm are wonderful interesting characters. It has a human quality to it and sadness coupled with the era of World War I.
Very enjoyable and the Combo was a real treat as I have a Blu-ray player and my son doesn't so the present of the dvd to him, who is also a great fan of this movie was a great surprise for him and me. Kudos to this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
SHOUT AT THE DEVIL  [Blu-ray + DVD],
This review is from: Shout at the Devil (Blu-ray/dvd Combo) (Blu-ray)SHOUT AT THE DEVIL  [Blu-ray + DVD] An Epic So Vast, It Took 2 Years To Create And A Whole Continent To Contain! The Greatest African Adventure Ever Filmed!
Screen legends Lee Marvin ['The Dirty Dozen'] and Sir Roger Moore [`Live and Let Die'] unite on `Shout at the Devil' in this epic tale of adventure and revenge. Set in German East Africa just prior to World War I. Shout at the devil is the story of Flynn O'Flynn [Lee Marvin] and Sebastian Oldsmith [Sir Roger Moore], where the two men have teamed up on a series of illicit poaching raids. Their actions soon catch the eye of the German Commissioner Herman Fleischer [Reinhard Kolldehoff], who uses his authority to enact a terrible punishment. Flynn O'Flynn and Sebastian Oldsmith embark on a personal campaign against Herman Fleischer, eventually being recruited by the allied forces to take on an even better target, an elusive German battleship.
Also starring Ian Holms [`Alien' and `Lord of the Rings'] and... Read more
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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?