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|SEA FURY (director/writer: Cy Endfield; screenwriter: John Kruse; cinematographer: Reginald H. Wyer; editor: Arthur Stevens; music: Philip Green; cast: Stanley Baker (Abel Hewson), Victor McLaglen (Captain Bellew), Luciana Paluzzi (Josita), Grgoire Aslan (Fernando), Francis De Wolff (Mulder), David Oxley (Blanco), George Murcell (Loudon), Percy Herbert (Walker), Rupert Davies (Bosun), Robert Shaw (Gorman), Roger Delgado (Salgado), Dermot Walsh (Captain Kelso), Joe Robinson (Hendrik), Barry Foster (Vincent); Runtime: 94; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Benjamin Fisz; Carlton Film; 1958-UK)|
routine sea adventure that's well-acted by the men."
by Dennis Schwartz
routine sea adventure that's well-acted by the men. It
was the 72-year-old Victor McLaglen's last film. He died
a year later. Director Cy Endfield ("Zulu"/"Hell
Drivers"/"Mysterious Island"), an American living in
exile in England because of the HUAC commie witch
hunts, co-writes with John Kruse. The black-and-white
film was shot on
location at Estartit and Girona, Spain.
Drifter English sailor Abel Hewson (Stanley Baker) lands in the village of
San Pedro, in the northern Spanish coast. Abel
impresses the crusty old-timer English captain of a
salvage tug, Captain Bellew (Victor McLaglen), after a fistfight with a
bully sailor (Joe
is hired as a deckhand even though he served last as a
Meanwhile the foolish
captain is taken with the beauty of local Spanish
teenager Josita (Luciana Paluzzi), whose wormy father (Roger Delgado) eyes the captain's
fortune and promotes his daughter to him as his future
wife. Josita accepts the captain's generous gifts but
refuses to show any romantic interest in him, instead
falling for the much younger Abel. When the first mate
on the Fury II dies, Bellew promotes Abel instead of his
longtime crew member Gorman (Robert Shaw). When an
American freighter, carrying chemicals, needs a tow
because of a sea wreck, Gorman while searching for the
absent new first mate spots him with his binoculars
kissing Josita atop a nearby mountain and tells the
enraged, drunken jealous captain.
It concludes with the Fury
a Dutch rival to tow in the possibly dangerous
explosive wreckage, and the captain and his first mate
settling things over their love triangle in a
surprisingly civil manner.
REVIEWED ON 5/7/2013 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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