A German living in India during World War II is blackmailed by the English to impersonate an SS officer onboard a cargo ship carrying a large supply of rubber for tyres. His mission is to disable the scuttling charges so the captain cannot sink the ship if they are stopped by English warships.
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Not the typical anti-war film, but a thinking war film that doesn't stoop to easy answers or high-contrast morality. Wonderful cast, tightly structured story, great B &W cinematography by Conrad Hall, all which left me with an aftertaste that lasted for days as I mulled over Bernhard Wicki's directorial decision making and the characterizations by Marlon Brando, Yul Brenner, Janet Margolin and a solid cast.
Amusing interplay between Yul Brynner and Marlon Brando, who kind of act at oblique angles at each other, and a certain wasted, melancholic tone keeps it all near-fantastic even when it doesn't quite know how to get to wherever it is it thinks it wants to go.