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Morituri (1965) was a Drama - War Film directed by Bernhard Wicki and produced by Aaron Rosenberg.

Academy Awards 1965 --- Ceremony Number 38 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyConrad HallNominated
Best Costume DesignMoss MabryNominated
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Morituri (1965)

By Beatrice on Sep 2, 2018 From Flickers in Time

Morituri Directed by Bernhard Wicki Written by Daniel Taradash from a novel by Werner Jorge Luddecke 1965/USA Arcola Pictures/Colony Productions First viewing/YouTube With this title it could be an African safari movie. ?Instead, it’s a WWII thriller with excellent performances by a stellar ... Read full article


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The film's marketing boasted the surname alliteration of Brando and Brynner. The Marlon Brando and "Yul Brynner" alliteration is another example in film history of promotional star-team name alliteration - see also: Bogie and Bacall in four films; McQueen and McGraw in The Getaway and Baldwin and Bassinger in The Getaway.
The film's opening camera shot is a close-up of a stone plaque which reads "Morituri Te Salutant" (Those who are about to die salute you) which it is stated in the film as being a Roman Gladiator's salute to Caesar.
In the book 'Marlon Brando: The Biography' by Peter Marso, it states that Marlon Brando was "faced as he was with his still unfulfilled obligation" to "his ten-year old debt to studio 20th Century Fox, which would force him to begin shooting 'Morituri' in April 1964." Brando plays a Nazi soldier in this film as he had done so in the earlier The Young Lions for 20th Century Fox, both movies being filmed in black-and-white and both being for made for the same studio.
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