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The Secret Invasion (1964)

Approved  |   |  Action, Drama, History  |  12 February 1965 (Norway)
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The Nazis imprison an Italian general who was planning to switch sides and turn over his army to the Allied side. Allied headquarters sends a small, somewhat misfit group of soldiers to ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maj. Richard Mace
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Roberto Rocca - Organizer
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Terence Scanlon - Demolition
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Simon Fell - Forger
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John Durrell - Assassin
Spela Rozin ...
Mila (as Mia Massini)
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Jean Saval
Helmo Kindermann ...
German Fortress Commandant
Enzo Fiermonte ...
Gen. Quadri
Peter Coe ...
Marko - Resistance Leader
Nan Morris ...
Stephana
Helmuth Schneider ...
German Patrol Boat Captain (as Helmut Schneider)
Giulio Marchetti ...
Italian Officer
Nicholas Rend ...
Captain of Fishing Boat
Craig March
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The Nazis imprison an Italian general who was planning to switch sides and turn over his army to the Allied side. Allied headquarters sends a small, somewhat misfit group of soldiers to spring the general from prison and carry out his plans. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

The Daring Plan; The Staggering Odds!

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Action | Drama | History | War

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Release Date:

12 February 1965 (Norway)  »

Also Known As:

The Dubious Patriots  »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Director Roger Corman said of the changes to the original script, "Initially, the prisoner being held was an atomic scientist, the only man knowing the missing key ingredient in the equations to make an atomic bomb. So by freeing him, the five criminals help unleash atomic warfare. And UA [United Artists] said they liked the idea but not that man. So I changed him to an Italian general who would lead the resistance against the Nazis and thereby facilitate an Allied invasion of Italy. UA wanted them to be full-out heroes with less subtlety than I might have sought. I had wanted them to unwittingly and ironically do something bad on their way to being heroes. But this was the majors, and with a half-million of their dollars at stake, I had a feeling these characters might lack nuance. I knew this was one of the drawbacks to working with the studios--story by committee." See more »

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At c.25 minutes there is a short close-up of the baby breast-feeding. However the mother's shirt is a different colour and design from the other shots. See more »

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Led the way for future films??
31 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this one today and I was very surprised by the film. Not only does it have a theme reminiscent of the later Dirty Dozen, but there's a scene towards the beginning that smacks of the Guns of Naverone. The casting is surprisingly top notch and I was overall pleased with the entire film. Stewart Granger is Good as the troubled British officer out for revenge. I loved Mickey Rooney, who seemed to be having the time of his life as an IRA demolition expert. The other members of the cast rounded out an almost perfect ensemble with notable mention to William Campbell & Edd Byrne. The only thing I found odd about this film was the speed at which the actors found themselves on their secret mission. It seemed within 20 minutes they were introduced, trained, and already in enemy waters. Other than that, it was a solid WW2 movie with plenty of action! I HIGHLY recommend it.


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