Conclusion: A largely forgotten British war film that honestly deserves a bit more attention and love, 'Shout at the Devil' is an entertaining mix of farce and drama about the ways in which war interrupts idyllic pursuits of happiness. From director Peter R. Hunt, the film stars Lee Marvin and Roger Moore in wonderfully memorable performances as two polar opposites who find a happy middle ground.
Excerpt: Flynn O'Flynn (Lee Marvin, Cat Ballou ) loves two things—ivory and drinking. Along with his faithful manservant Mohammed (Ian Holm, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ), he enjoys heading into German occupied East Africa and getting his tusk on. Sadly, he's been finding it harder and harder to infiltrate this pre-World War I area, so he sets his sights on a British man named Sebastian Oldsmith (Roger Moore, Live and Let Die ) to help him out and, before...
Excerpt: Timeless Media Group has dug up the complete, unedited Shout At The Devil . The 1976 adventure film had previously gone unreleased on DVD and Blu-ray in the United States, though it had been available in other territories. Adapted from the book by Wilbur Smith, it starred Lee Marvin and Roger Moore at the heights of their ’70s fame. Set in East Africa before World War I, it is a strange amalgam of differing genres and somewhat a relic of a time.
Summary: I’m more disappointed than usual at the lack of any real bonus material. I can understand why Moore might not necessarily want to talk about getting into a fistfight with Marvin. But are you really telling me they couldn’t have at least roped a historian into doing a commentary track that separates historical fact from fiction.
Conclusion: Overlong and unable to strike just the right tone even though the filmmakers are ambitiously striving for a seriocomic balance, Shout at the Devil nonetheless has a lot to offer, and I'm delighted that Timeless sought to license this practically forgotten yet almost epic action-adventure. Highly Recommended. Note: The packaging lists an MPAA rating of "PG," but presumably this was for the shorter AIP cut and not the long version. Hence, I've listed this as "Unrated.
Conclusion: Shout at the Devil is too long and takes too many detours in its early going, but ultimately it's a fun, rousing ride that offers Marvin yet another chance to play a lovable drunk and Moore the opportunity to engage in his patented brand of suave action. Parkins, who for whatever reason never seemed to be able to forge much of a big screen career, is really excellent, and quite moving, as Rosa.