Mr. Forbush (John Hurt), a young biologist with an eye for the ladies chooses an unlikely assignment, to study a colony of penguins in the wilderness of Antarctica. He feels it's the only way to impress a young biology student, Tara, played by Hayley Mills. A strange thing happens to him. He starts to become more concerned about the penguins and less about himself. His observations about their daily struggles just to survive change his outlook on life. This film was shot by the famed naturalist and documentary filmmaker, Arne Sucksdorff. The stark beauty of Cry of the Penguins plus a fascinating story will appeal to all audiences. Those captivated by Never Cry Wolf will again be spellbound.
John Hurt plays Forbrush, a spoilt rich post graduate student who is supposed to be studying biology at the University of London. He is very good in his chosen field, but is largely wasting his time drinking and chasing women. He decides that he wants to impress Haley Mills, and semi- accidentally gets signed up for a 6 month tour studying penguins on his own in Antarctica. Once there, his loneliness drives him half mad, and he becomes paternally attached to the penguins he is supposed to be studying. In the course of the six months he grows up and becomes an adult as opposed to the fop that he was.