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An American patrol has to cross behind enemy lines by skis in order to blow up an important railroad bridge. The task is made harder by conflicts between the platoon's veteran sergeant and its inexperienced lieutenant and by constant attacks by pursuing German troops. Written by
Filmed in the Black Hills of South Dakota. The decision to shoot the film on location there was partly influenced by financial incentives offered to Roger Corman by the Chamber of Commerce in South Dakota. See more »
'Ski Troop Attack' must be one of the lousiest war war movies ever made, and it is by far the worst Roger Corman's movie. The film is incoherent and sloppy (not unusual traits for Roger Corman's film), but at the same time it lacks that unique taste of cheese and sleaze. The film is not laughably bad, by that I mean 'Ski Troop Attack' don't fall into beloved category of 'so bad it's good' - that particular film is just bad. By the time the film reaches it's climax you don't even care anymore.
The story in general is not that bad - in a snowy German forests and mountains US Army ski patrol has to cross behind enemy lines to blow up strategically important railroad bridge. The squad have to defend themselves against constant attacks of German troops. Within the group there are conflicts between young lieutenant (Michael Forest) and hard talking sergeant (Frank Wolff), but these quarrels stay too calm and never grow into real competition. Basically, nothing that much different compared from other war movies. There was one interesting scene between American troops and a wife of a German soldier that promised something different, but that opportunity was left fully exploited.
I don't call any movie a waste of time ever (not even in this particular case), but I wouldn't recommend that movie to anyone. 'Ski Troop Attack' is suitable watching only for hardcore Corman fans who are interested of how dull and dreary snore-fest on of the most interesting and entertaining filmmakers can produce. Sloppily directed, poorly written, badly edited. Well, what did you expect, some might ask
I expected to be entertained.
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