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When Hell Broke Loose (1958)

Approved | | War, Drama | 1 November 1958 (USA)
In 1945, a GI falls in-love with a German woman while elite German troops, in U.S.uniforms, carry out sabotage and assassinations behind American lines.

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Steve Boland
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Karl
Violet Rensing ...
Ilsa
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Jonesie
Eddie Foy III ...
Brooklyn
Arvid Nelson ...
Ludwig
Anne Wakefield ...
Myra
Joley Marino ...
Tommy
Dennis McCarthy ...
Capt. Melton
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Capt. Grayson (as Robert J. Stevenson)
Kathy Carlyle ...
Ruby
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Near the end of the war in Germany, GI Steve Boland, a self-described "sharp-operator", meets a German girl, Ilsa, and they fall in love. Ilsa's brother Karl, whom she has not seen in three years, and his fellow-Nazi Ludwig visit Ilsa. Karl proudly informs her that he and Ludwig are "Werewolves", a group of Nazi assassins parachuted behind Allied lines for the purpose of killing Allied High Command officers. She and Steve go to Army Intelligence with their information, where Steve is immediately arrested for being A.W.O.L. Captain Melton of Army G-2 intervenes on Steve's behalf, as G-2 has had a suspicion about the existence of the "Werewolves" but no concrete info before now. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Cuando hierve el infierno  »

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Charles Bronson is given an "Introducing" credit at the beginning of the film, even though this picture was made in 1958 and Bronson had been making films since 1951. See more »

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The Wehrmacht soldiers of the German Army were shown wearing WWI helmets instead of the proper M1942 steel helmets. See more »

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Opening credits prologue: Except as to General Dwight D. Eisenhower, his staff, and the factual background taken from Periodic Report #262 of the Twelfth Corps, all characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional, Any similarity to other actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »

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The Army, Bronson-style .........
24 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Charles Bronson enjoyed one of the longest movie careers of any of his contemporaries. Although he has had his detractors, his appeal has reached across the generations , from westerns to war films to cop/vigilante films.

All hell literally breaks loose here as Bronson tries to save the day.

In this film, Bronson begins to gravitate toward the kind of action film that he perfected in the 70's and beyond. His tough, heroic GI faced with a tough & unusual mission is very well acted. Although the script was nothing spectacular, the film is worth a look to see a legendary star on the brink of his memorable tough-guy career.


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