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[drupal=69]The Battle of the River Plate[/drupal]
On reaching the letter 'P' in inputting my dvd collection into the marvellous Invelos database, yesterday I entered my 'Powell and Pressburger Collection' box-set. We had only watched one film from this wonderful set to date, so it was a pleasant surprise to find that both 'Ill Met by Moonlight' and 'The Battle of the River Plate' are contained therein. Christopher Lee is cast as 'German Officer at dentists' in the first film, and as 'Manolo' in the second. In his autobiography Mr Lee says that in 'The Battle of the River Plate' he spoke nothing but Spanish as the owner of a waterfront cafe in Montevideo, though the only salt he tasted was in the canteen at Pinewood (studio); and in 'Ill Met by Moonlight' he spoke only in German, to Dirk Bogarde in a dentist's chair, and was 'penalized for being a German SS officer by being shot at his feet and also, perhaps by being cut from some versions of the film.' I look forward to watching both films again soon, having seen them both at the Rex cinema in Farnborough, England, on their first release in the 1950's. A copy of this message goes into the forum for both films to save repeating myself.....
A lot of curiosity to see this film.
Isabel Cristina Forlin Alves
Noted from the film link that is was released in the United States under the title 'Pursuit of the Graf Spee.'
Finally I acquired the film in VHS. Very interesting, however I was disappointed when I knew that this film was not recorded in Uruguay but in Spain. Manolo, Mr. Lee's character was amused. Really our idol adopts varied physiognomies and he makes like this marvelously well his work. He convinced like Manolo, but also resembled a Brazilian.
I saw the film years ago under the American title and I must confess to not remembering Mr Lee in it, I'll have to go back and look at it again just to see him
It is worthwhile you to review, although Manolo doesn't appear soon in the screen. He is that owner of a "Cantina" and he uses a red shirt and white pants... there is a boy and a young beautiful woman and I think that he is jealous of her is if exposing, she also sings. The film is in English and me don't get to accompany everything.
I taped it off "TCM" under i think the british title? & i got the longer version. i forget which version is longer & which one is shorter. buut i have yet to watch it.
A lot of curiosity to see this film soon.
All the best
I recently purchased the Region 2 UK release of this film. I had not seen it since I was a child and had always had fond memories of it. It is a great war film. I had been unaware of Christopher Lee's role as a child, so when I recently watched the film, I paid special attention to the scenes with Manolo. These were well done, and it was great to see Mr. Lee doing comic relief. I recommend this film to anyone who enjoys naval films. It is one of the best and is now the 56th of Mr. Lee's films gracing my DVD collection.
My Grandfather was a help-canonier on the Graf Spee when he was 19 years old. He was one of the men who carried the coffin of Captain Langsdorff.
Sei que você vai gostar de ver o Sr. Lee como Manollo. Ele está até bastante nervoso cuidando de sua cantina, esposa (penso eu) e seu menino pequeno ... O Sr. Lee está muito bem como um verdadeiro castelhano, apesar de também carioca um parecer "malandro".
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