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SHOUT AT THE DEVIL: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Gruff, hard drinking, detestable opportunist, Flynn O'Flynn (Lee Marvin) enlists the help of upper-class Englishman, Sebastian Oldsmith (Roger Moore) to carry out unscrupulous ivory smuggling operations in East Africa during World War I. When the suave Sebastian falls in love with Marvin's beautiful daughter Rosa (Barbara Parkins) the unlikely duo come to blows in the jungle but reconcile their differences when forced to get their booty past German occupying forces readying a grounded battleship for war.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
There's a jokey opening followed by the revelation that Sebastian (Roger Moore) is heading to his brother's sheep station in Australia - made the more humorous by the incongruity of it being discussed in Zanzibar by the upper crust Smythe family. And this is a 1976 movie set in 1915, which only adds to the joke.

Then we swing into the yarn, sucked in by Lee Marvin's larrikin Flynn, the dead opposite of Roger Moore's sophisticate. It's an adventure in the ripping yarn class, albeit the now disreputable matter of ivory hunting gives it a dated tone. That aside, the film delivers old fashioned escapism with nothing more to its ambitions that entertainment.

Adapted from one of the most popular novelists in Wilbur Smith, Shout at the Devli puts our protagonists in wildly dangerous situations, in which they have to survive everything from crocodiles to the Germans. And it's all done with terrific pace: Peter Hunt loves economy in storytelling so we just have to keep up when the plot hurtles along. It's good fun, and when the Sebastian falls for Flynn's lovely daughter Rosa (Barbara Parkins), the comedic takes over from the adventuring. But the action soon resumes as the ivory smugglers are again threatened by the Germans.

Performances are predictably good, and Barbara Parkins is especially good as the feisty daughter to Flynn's un-fatherly dad.

Published July 24, 2008

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

SHOUT AT THE DEVIL: DVD (M)
(UK, 1976)

CAST: Lee Marvin, Roger Moore, Barbara Parkins, Rene Koldehoff, Ian Holm, Horst Janson, Karl Michael Vogler, Gernot Endemann, Maurice Denham, Jean Kent

PRODUCER: Michael Klinger

DIRECTOR: Peter Hunt (novel by Wilbur Smith)

SCRIPT: Wilbur Smith, Alastair Reid, Stanley Price

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Michael Reed

EDITOR: Michael J. Duthie

MUSIC: Maurice Jarre

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Syd Cain

RUNNING TIME: 115 minutes

PRESENTATION: Widescreen; DD 2.0

SPECIAL FEATURES: trailer

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Umbrella

DVD RELEASE: July 1, 2008






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