Sgt. Sullivan puts together a group of Italian-Americans into disguise as Italian soldiers in order to infiltrate a North African camp held by the Italians. After the soldiers have knifed ... See full summary »
Lee Van Cleef,
A blind, but deadly, gunman, is hired to escort fifty mail order brides to their miner husbands. His business partners double cross him, selling the women to bandit Domingo. Blindman heads into Mexico in pursuit.
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Pier Paolo Capponi
"Desert Commandos" is the story of a group of five German commandos who are air-dropped into North Africa during WW2 in a desperate attempt to assassinate the Allied Supreme Commanders at a conference in Morocco.
I enjoyed this movie. It does drag in some parts, especially in the desert marching scenes, but it is nearly eclipsed by its on-location locales. Oases (plural of oasis), camel chases and various ancient fortifications that the Germans encounter along the way are simply gorgeous and definitely lend the film an air of authenticity. The ladies they encounter are easy on the eyes as well.
Great action sequences including a rooftop chase in Casablanca, the aforementioned camel chase scene and a final...well, don't want to get reported for spoilers, but the action sequences are well staged and exciting.
The ending seemed very tacked on, almost as if there was a more "downbeat" ending that was replaced for some reason. Regardless, I like the ending as it stands, but it was very abrupt and not in the style of the rest of the film. Regardless, this was a good attempt to introduce audiences to the feelings of the "other side" in WW2. BTW Horst Frank (who plays Wolf) looks almost exactly like Christoph Waltz. Really uncanny! This film is definitely worth a watch.
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