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Desert Commandos (1967)
"Attentato ai tre grandi" (original title)

PG  |   |  Adventure, Drama, War  |  1976 (USA)
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German commandos are dropped behind enemy lines in the Sahara Desert tasked with getting to Casablanca in an assassination attempt on allied leaders.

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Capt. Fritz Schöller
Horst Frank ...
Lt. Roland Wolf
Jeanne Valérie ...
Faddja Hassen
Carlo Hinterman ...
Sgt. Erich Huber (as Carlo Hintermann)
Howard Ross ...
Willy Mainz
Franco Fantasia ...
Major Dalio
Hardy Reichelt ...
Cpl. Hans Ludwig
Fabienne Dali ...
Simone
Tom Felleghy ...
Colonel Ross
John Stacy ...
Sir Bryan
Giovanni Ivan Scratuglia ...
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Gianni Rizzo ...
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German commandos are dropped behind enemy lines in the Sahara Desert tasked with getting to Casablanca in an assassination attempt on allied leaders.

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The uniforms worn by the German troops, US troops and the Moroccan police, as well as the British uniforms worn by the Germans, are more modern than the 1942 setting. See more »

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Silent Night
Written by Franz Gruber and Joseph Mohr
Sung, in German, at Schöller's Berlin home.
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Mission to Morocco
17 May 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Sometimes tense Euro-war movie in a similar vein to "The Guns of Navarone" has brawny Ken Clark (familiar from the Peplum genre) leading four of the Nazi's finest into North Africa where they attempt an audacious plan to assassinate not one, but three Allied Forces leaders, namely Churchill, Stalin and Roosevelt present in Casablanca for a summit. As it turns out, they'll have to settle for De Gaulle substituting for Stalin, nevertheless their epic hunt behind enemy lines is an expansive mission leading them to the brink, encountering cross and double cross around every corner.

Solid cast includes Horst Frank as an American-born Nazi commando, whose commitment to the Feuhrer wanes in the face of the desperate mission and 'immoral' sacrifices taken to improve its chance of success, future Italian leading man Howard Ross in a small role, and pleasantly, gender balance achieved with beauties Jeanne Valeri playing an Arab guide, and Fabienne Dali as a turncoat who may or may not be in cahoots with the Allies.

Italian horror master Umberto Lenzi is better known for his Cannibal capers, but demonstrates a universal talent in bringing together this B-Italian action film with moderate suspense, light humour and at least some semblance of depth in characterisations despite the clichés. Probably not for the average GI Joe, but if you're comfortable with Euro style then you should enjoy this mission to Morocco.


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