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The Last Blitzkrieg (1959)

Approved | | War, Drama | 1959 (UK)
The fanatical son of a Nazi General leads a squad of German commandos, disguised as American Troops, behind the lines in order to sabotage the Allied Forces. Stars Van Johnson, Kerwin Matthews, Dick York and Larry Storch.

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Sgt. Hans Von Kroner / Sgt. Leonard Richardson
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Wilitz
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Sgt. Ludwig
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Ennis
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Monique
Han Bentz van den Berg ...
Colonel von Ruppel (as Han Bentz V.D. Berg)
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Sergeant Steiner
Robert Boon ...
Kirsch
Ton van Duinhoven ...
Hoffner (as Ton Van Duinhoven)
Gijsbert Tersteeg ...
Colonel Eindorf
Charles Rosenblum ...
Schwarz
Steye van Brandenberg ...
Lt. Wheeler
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Captain Levin (as Montgomery Ford)
Herb Grika ...
Cpl. Wilson
Chris Baay ...
Captain Bruger
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The fanatical son of a Nazi General leads a squad of German commandos, disguised as American Troops, behind the lines in order to sabotage the Allied Forces. Stars Van Johnson, Kerwin Matthews, Dick York and Larry Storch.

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REVEALED FOR THE FIRST TIME! Hitler's final act of fury!

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War | Drama

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Final acting role of Lise Bourdin. See more »

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At the end of the movie when Van Johnson is fatally machine-gunned, the shadow of the cameraman is briefly seen twice. See more »

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War film with authenticity and an unusual story
6 November 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE LAST BLITZKRIEG works as it offers something a little different from the usual American WW2 film in terms of plot. The main characters in the movie are actually Nazi soldiers who are disguised as American troops and sent on an intelligence-gathering mission during the Battle of the Bulge. Therefore the characters we have to identify with are actually antiheroes and even the bad guys while the heroes are the enemy.

The film was shot on a low budget in the Netherlands by producer Sam Katzman so it has more authenticity to it than most. Van Johnson is the lead actor and does well with a complex role; that he comes off kindly and likable despite everything is a testament to his acting prowess. Kerwin Mathews is also here too and playing a slimy villain; in every other film I've seen him playing heroic characters so it made a nice change of pace for the actor.

This film has a short running time which flies past without ever flagging and there's plenty of suspense inherent in the set-up. Some have criticised the climax as being unrealistic but I found it quite fitting even if it is morally heavy-handed. War fans looking for something a little out of the ordinary are sure to enjoy the plot twists and turns of THE LAST BLITZKRIEG.


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